Since my daughter was about 2 years old (maybe earlier), we have used the “Timeout” method of punishment for bad behaviour. She must sit on the stairs, silently, with her arms folded, for one minute per year of her life (so currently five). Then she must tell us what she did wrong, starting with the words “I’m sorry for…”. A cuddle and a kiss later, it’s all forgotten.
What never fails to amuse me is that she takes herself to timeout. We never have to physically put her there. We tell her to go on timeout and off she trots, head hung low and occasionally accompanied by sorrowful tears. On the occasions when she is really naughty and doesn’t want to go to timeout, we simply count backwards from three!
Usually she goes on “THREE”, but if we get as far as “TWO”, she runs there. I’ve spoken to a lot of parents who operate the same policy, but we all have the same, unanswered question…
…What happens if we get to “ONE”?
Do you use “timeout?” If not, what methods do you use to punish bad behaviour?