Thursday, January 27, 2011
We are dealing with some challenging behaviors at home to say the least. Our soon to be three-year-old has decided he’d like to find out what happens when we count to 3. I suppose he really enjoys this scenario because we have had to relive it over and over and over.
He finds out that he is sent to his room for a time out. Instead of going up there to SUFFER, he probably plays to his heart’s content, but who am I to actually think that parents have an upper hand when disciplining?
On a positive note, there is much to be learned from a two-year-old on how to handle requests that you do not wish to comply with.
For example, if you were to tell my son, “Put your toys away,” he would likely say, “No thank you.”
I am thinking I NEED to incorporate this savvy strategy in my own life.
For example, “There is a late meeting scheduled today to prepare for our next meeting.”
I could then say, “No thank you.”
Simple as that!
I am really excited about this. Why didn’t I think of this before? It should be all too easy to incorporate some two-year-old behavior into my work life. Everyone else is doing it, why can’t I?
Now, if only I could get my boss to count to three and then send me to my room. Alone. THEN we’d really be getting somewhere.