Monday, November 15, 2010

A Lesson in Discipline From a Nanny at The Library

Today we went to the library and Ari was having a fun time acting out.

Did I say acting out? I meant browsing for books and reading.

After his antics, I needed to unload my troubles onto someone. Thankfully there was a nanny of a four year old girl ready and willing to be my impromptu therapist. She was a Pisces and therefore empathetic.

I told her about Ari's bad behavior, and I solicited her advice on the following issue:
Ari does not like to be changed. In fact, he kicks me in the stomach when I'm trying to change his diaper.

She suggested that I:
1. Ask him if he would like to put the lotion on himself when I'm done wiping him with baby wipes. That way he is involved in the process.
2. Tell him if he doesn't cooperate while being changed, put him in time out when a clean diaper is finally on him. Explain that he is going to time out because he didn't listen to mommy when he was getting his diaper changed.

I thanked her profusely for her help. I'll keep you posted on the results.


  1. We have started using time out and it's a life saver!

  2. Honestly these toddlers are so stubborn! I need to start TOs. But the involvement thing is key I think (thiiiiiiiinkkkkkkkkkkk?!)

  3. They are SO stubborn! I hope when he feels involved he'll actually let me change his diaper. I hoooooopppppe!

  4. When Kineret gets hysterical for no reason, we put her in her crib and shut the door. And say something like "you can come out when you are ready to be nice."

  5. Yeah, I do time outs which are very similar. I'm totally on the same page with you on that. It's just tricky when he is acting out and also covered in poop. I wasn't sure how to handle that situation. But putting him in time out afterward (after he's changed) makes so much sense!

  6. So how's it working?

    I rarely had to deal with that as we potty trained from birth. He did have a phase where he would tell me he had to go potty but refused to use the potty, around 12-18 months old. But that seemed alot easier to deal with than a screaming crying, kicking child.

  7. It's actually working! He was misbehaving when I was changing his diaper yesterday. I put him in time out and he was great the next time I changed him!

  8. bnforgiven- How do you potty train from birth? I want to know! I would contact you via email, but I can't access your blogger profile :(


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