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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Hit me baby one more time (and you'll be in timeout all day!)



My 2-year-old has picked up a nasty habit: hitting.Mom_hittingchild

We don't know where since the police have never responded to a domestic call at our home, and we have committed to making our home a no-spank zone. He tends to rare back that little hand whenever he's being made to do something he doesn't want, like brush his teeth or take a bath.

Our answer so far has been the time-out chair. (Actually, it's a Boppy pillow in the middle of the hall, but I'm using some poetic license here so cut me some slack.) We keep him there for 2 minutes, a minute for every year of age as the good doctor recommended.

Lately though, my son has been spending his time-out time taking whacks at mommy while she times the punishment with her watch's second hand. So what do you when a kid commits the very act you're trying to discourage while you're punishing him for committing in the first place?

My husband and I, both products of corporal punishment used early and often, have said we won't do that to our child. But we don't have any other ideas, especially for a 2-year-old who doesn't understand privileges yet and who's too young to be grounded.

Any suggestions, folks? I could use 'em before I start showing bruises or decide to suspend the no-spank policy in a moment of madness.

-- Lisa Buie, Times mom

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:55am]


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