Trying to discipline my little terror is often quite a challenge. In fact it’s down right hard. Timeout isn’t always a place that he goes willingly, which is a shame because I would maim a puppy for a few minutes of quite time. I wish someone would put me in a corner and tell me not to come out until I’m told to do so. I’d even take a pow-pow on the hand before being sent to the naughty chair. But alas a three year old has no way of understanding the value of meditation time. So we (my wife and I) are left with the task of dragging a flailing, crying, bundle of crazy bent on not giving up without a fight to his punishment. Here’s how the last incident went down between the wife and Devin:
“You’re hitting? I think you need a timeout.”
“Noooooooooooooo! I don’t want a timeout!”
“Well you need one because you were hitting. Let’s go.”
“Noooooooooooooo! I don’t want to! I hate you mommy!”
“That’s not nice Devin. Now sit down, and shut your mouth.”
By this point the super-sized tears are flowing and the fake coughing has started. My wife walks away after setting the timer. The coughing continues and the tears are like rivers. The coughing is a warning sign. I look at the wife, she looks at me, then on cue the Devil pukes. Yes, when he gets riled up he pukes. This time we were lucky because he caught it in his hand, and it wasn’t too much. Other times we are not so lucky and we end up having to change sheets or scrub carpet.
The problem with this is that you never feel like you got your point across when in the middle of disciplining your kid you end up cleaning up puke. It’s like you lost a battle that you were sure you were going to win. Parenting can be so nasty sometimes.
I have had the pleasure(wtf) of enduring the same horor while raising my now 15yo son..the cough til you vomit and get mom and dad’s sympathy scam…now, what worked for that? Have little D assist in the clean up. Soon, he will limit the hairball cough to a mere clearing of the throat. Trust me, it works.
Happy parenting my friend….
COUGH. GAG. PUKE. HE WINS!…
Trying to discipline my little terror is often quite a challenge. In fact itâ€™s down right hard. Timeout isnâ€™t always a place that he goes willingly, which is a shame because I would mame puppy for a few minutes of quite time. I wish someone woul…
lol, Now THAT is funny. I have a 3 year old and he acts a fool also when disciplined, but hasn’t thrown up yet. Hopefully, he don’t read you posting!
HA HA HA! Hilarious!
My wife believes in corporal punishment with my daughter, so when I sense an escalation in a given situation, I will try to remove ONE of them from the room (as quickly as possible)! God made children so damn cute, I find it difficult to get mad at them. I feel their acting out is just a desperate attempt at gaining some control in a world made for big people.
Sounds like you need a permanent time out bucket to sit next to the time out chair. Cleaning out the bucket is gross but much much easier than the carpet/clothes/etc.
While we were in the potty-training phase, our boy quickly discovered that he held a golden “get out of jail free” card. Almost every single time was given a timeout, he’d wait about thirty seconds and then call out, “Peepee, Daddy!” We were powerless… and it sucked to be outsmarted by a three-year-old.
Puked huh? Nice move. Can’t battle that one.
Thank goodness my son wasn’t a puker. Dirty, gross diapers, I can deal with, but vomiting . . . Good Lord. Whenever I see folks get sick, I have a tendency to get sick myself. We’da had ourselves one big GAG-FEST for sho'(LOL)!
Ok I don’t mean to laugh because goodness knows I’ve been in that SAME situation more times than I can count. But I cant help my self. I don’t know what’s up with the coughing and why the little munchkins ALWAYS have to do that. And I’m with you. You cant help but feel defeated while YOU’RE gagging cleaning up your child’s pukey tantrum. YUCK!
Hope you’re doing well and you all enjoy your weekend!
plez: God made children so damn cute, I find it difficult to get mad at them. I feel their acting out is just a desperate attempt at gaining some control in a world made for big people.
Oh, fooey (new year’s resolution and all). That actually makes SENSE! Have I been having these headaches, and giving Midaglio D’oro my money for no reason? I am going to have to apologize to my little guys.
Well, I’ll think about changing my ways, anyway.
AAD: we’re loving you over at Booker.
I don’t think disciplining a child has anything to do with color…your story sounds like every other parent in the WORLD who has a young tot.
It is about choices….disciplining, I mean…just choices…”You can NOT hit…but you may say, “Please don’t do this or Please stop doing that.” Thus avoiding the cycle of tears and shame.
It may take awhile since a pattern has already been established, but your child will STOP when you STOP. CHOICES…ALWAYS choices…this not only is an alternative to tears and screaming but builds the childs self-esteem so that they BELIEVE in themselves and their ability to make choices…this serves well when they are older and someone says, “Hey …let’s go smoke some crack.” Your child will have made choices HIS WHOLE life and will be prepared to make the right one then too.
Good luck to you and your wife AND your child…parenting is the hardest job on earth and “SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE TOLD US!” (This is actually a book by Jack Pransky…he makes a terrific parenting book too called, ‘Parenting from the HEART.”