There are many stages of behaviour that have left me eyes watering by my kids, Beth as a toddler was hard work and defiant, then she mellowed out into a laid back would fall over teen with spurts of angst, frustration and a forked tongue.
Joshua has almost been horizontal to the point of laid flat with his chilled out manner and his almost unflappable nature…. Until now.
Over recent months his laid-back attitude has given way to little glimpses of fierce determination … that he will finish that game, that he is not going to put his shoes on, and don’t ask him to eat chips … “I don’t like chips I only like fries!” its been a learning curve of a curious kind.
Since these little outburst have appeared we have swiftly acted on them in the form of the naughty step, although we don’t actually call it a naughty step we just refer to it as the step and we have been using it as a form of time out so Joshua can just reflect and calm down ..
Over recent weeks he has no decided to enforce his own method of time out … after an incident or blow up and tears he wonders out of the living room or kitchen and we now find him sat on the step, no tears, as they soon stop on removing himself from the room .. and he waits till you go and find him to tell you he is sitting on the step as he’s been naughty … although I am super proud he now knows when his behaviour is unacceptable and he needs to cool down (not that it happens often as more often than not its when he is tired) it also makes me laugh a little … only my child would discipline himself!
OK so I may now need a new alternative to the naughty step …