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what do you do if your dd will NOT stay on the step for time out?

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late Thu 17-Feb-05 15:26:34

my dd has always refused to sit on the naughty step which always results in more naughty behaviour. What can I do? Tried all sorts nothing seems to work.

amynnixmum Thu 17-Feb-05 15:27:46

On little angels they shut them in a safe but boring room and hold the door closed if necessary.

amynnixmum Thu 17-Feb-05 15:29:03

How old is your DD? Little ones don't have much concept of time. With my ds (he is 4) I have to either give him an egg timer or use the clock other wise he's back in less than a minute.

KateandtheGirls Thu 17-Feb-05 15:31:07

Depends on the age. If my 5 year old won't stay in time out, the time out goes on until she gives up and is willing to sit there. With my 2 year old I actually sit there with her and physically hold her there.

late Thu 17-Feb-05 15:35:31

dd is five and it has ALWAYS been a problem. Also trouble can be worse if I am cooking and just can't leave it safely. Thought I was being really sinful closing the kitchen door and holding onto it while she screams but only do this very rarely and when it's last resort due to not wanting to upset other children. The timer might help as it might give her something else to focus on thanks for that.

Any other opinions gratefully received.

sandyballs Thu 17-Feb-05 15:46:52

I lock mine in the bathroom if they refuse to sit on the step - only for a minute or so but it usually calms them down. Didn't last night though - DD broke her potty by smashing against the door in a rage

Caligula Thu 17-Feb-05 15:48:24

I keep returning her to the stair each time and eventually she stays there (after 8 or 9 goes!)

Gwenick Thu 17-Feb-05 15:51:00

oh sandyballs - so glad I'm not the only person that uses the bathroom as a time out spot!!! Ours is downstairs one right at the back of the house, and with the bathroom AND kitchen doors closed you can't hear my 4yr old shouting his guts out . He gets told to sit on the bath mat and if he throws the washing around, or similar, knows that he gets even longer in there...............everyone else who I've told that I use the bathroom as a time out room have looked at me like I'd gone crazy - it's just its the 'safest' room in the house and furthest away from the 'action'.

sandyballs Thu 17-Feb-05 16:11:39

Gwenick - our bathroom is also downstairs and it's the only place I could think of where I can actually lock the door, rather than standing there holding it closed! There's also less in there to trash if her temper is really bad!
I think some of my friends think it's a bit weird but they seem to have easier kids so it hasn't got to this! My other DD will run to the step if I ask her to and will just sit there until I tell her she can move, then she will apologise and it'll all be forgotten. But the other DD is a bit more of a "challenge"!!! Bless her.

Gwenick Thu 17-Feb-05 16:14:06

we can't lock our bathroom door (from inside or out ) but like you say there's less stuff to break if they go on the rampage - thankfully use of the 'bathroom' has been much reduced in recent months - interestingly since he started nursery last September - think he's learned to express himself better rather than just flying off the handle.

DS2 (14 months) is SO different, if he does something horrible - like smack his brother over the head with a metal car, or bite someone we sit him down on the floor in where the corners of the sofa and chair meet - tell him to stay there. He screams blue murder, but 9/10 will stay when told.

nikkim Thu 17-Feb-05 17:05:07

we put her in the utility room or porch - both safe but dull!

janeybops Thu 17-Feb-05 17:09:36

I have a stairgate at the bottom which I haven't taken down yet so just put dd on step and then close the gate.... She hates it! So tends to stay there now

Tommy Thu 17-Feb-05 17:34:40

yesterday I used the timer for DS1 - 3 minutes as he's 3 - and stood nearby leaning up against the wall reading a magazine and ignoring him

Gwenick Thu 17-Feb-05 17:36:36

have to admit I've never gone by the '1 minute for each year of their life stuff' - they're in the naughty room/place for as long as I deem nessecary - and 4 minutes for DS1 would just a joke!

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