Time Out

Happy Whilst Digging Another Big Hole

My feeling a bit rough seems to have coincided with a phase of terrible two tantrums and a new tactic of bursting into tears when Fifi doesn’t get her own way. Thus every five minutes, usually as I am dragging my weary bottom somewhere, I get either a demand for help going to the toilet, or alternatively some variation on crying. For someone trying very hard to deal with stress this is not helping. Not helping at all. Threats of time-out and the naughty step are not working. Nothing is working and bearing in mind that she wakes up at 5:30 ish every morning and keeps going till 7:30 I feel my superhuman powers of endurance are running low.

Does anyone have any tips on this one??

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  1. Louise Boyes 13th October 2011 / 12:53 pm

    Kids! You've said that "threats of time-out and the naughty step are not working" Are they just threats that she now knows are not going to turn into anything else? Its so important that if you say you are going to do something that it actually happens. She seems a pretty smart cookie and perhaps has picked up on the 'nothing's going to happen so I may as well keep on

  2. cartside 13th October 2011 / 10:45 pm

    There are two schools of thoughts on that one. Time in vs Time out. These emotions are difficult for her too. I tried time out with my older, and it din't work at all. Time in works better for us. I also tried one week telling her every time she whined that I didn't like it and please speak in a normal voice and then I can help you, week two: if you whine I will not do what you want me to

  3. Fiz 14th October 2011 / 8:22 pm

    Time out doesn't work with children under four, Claire. They don't really start to operate the concepts of time and conscience till then, I was told.

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