Thursday, April 10, 2008

It did hurt me more than him

My heart broke last night. Truly. Middle was sent upstairs for the night at 6:15. I fed him upstairs. He was not allowed to come back down stairs. My heart ached. It took everything I had not to let him come back down stairs, but then what kind of disciplinarian would I be? The kind featured on Nanny 911. He finally fell asleep in his nest on the floor.



It is my hope that this punishment he will remember. The traditional time outs do not offer him an iota of punishment. The ineffectiveness mocks me with sheer frustration and his undesirable behavior continues unaltered. It seems that the three minutes is over and the experience has not offered enough time to suffer. That may sound horrible but the mere thought of a time out makes Oldest obey. Different kids, different strategies.


Parenthood is a scientific experiment in motion. Results will vary from child to child as will the experiment. The only scientific constant in this house is love.

3 comments:

Misty said...

"Parenthood is a scientific experiment in motion. Results will vary from child to child as will the experiment. The only scientific constant in this house is love."

YES! YES! YES! you said it perfectly...

KathyLikesPink said...

OH, I feel your pain. Darling Daughter is 13 and a good kid but every so often I have to bring out my "Mad Mom" voice in order to see some action. And it kills me!

One thing Dr. Phil says that I totally agree with, is that our job as parents is to prepare our children to go out and face the world. Sometimes that's hard. You're a good mom - don't lose sight of that.

lisa marie said...

I ways always heartbroken when having to discipline. :(