Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Time out for entertainment

Time out is the discipline method of choice at our house. I could go on and on about how effective I think it is as long as we do it right, but I won't. Instead, I will go on and on about how hilariously funny it can be when we do it right.

The other day, Bria was in a very unreasonable mood and had to sit in time out way more than she usually does. She had already been in the time out chair 3 times that Sunday morning and we hadn't even left for church yet!

Well, she continued being stubborn and obstinate about something or the other, so I put her back in time out. First she growled at me and told me she'd scratch my eyes out (she was currently pretending to be a kitty, but still....such violence for a little girl!) and then she just started screaming.

Now, time out is just that. Time OUT. I don't engage in arguing with her because it's completely fruitless, ineffective and a complete waste of time, so I walked away and left her there screaming. I went about my normal chores and getting ready for church. And she screamed. And screamed.

And screamed.

And this is what she screamed:

"Time out is S T U P I D! Do you know what that spells? That spells a BAD WORD!!!! And that's what time out is!!! S T U P I D!!!! Do you want me to say it? Fine!! A BAD WORD!!! (I had to laugh that she still couldn't bring herself to say it...she's very strict about her bad words. In fact, when she's mad at Chloe she says, "You're a bad word!" Quite amusing.) You're a meanie!!!! You're the meanest one in the whole house!!!! I'm not your daughter anymore!!! I want DADDY!! No Faaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiir!!!!!! Why aren't you listening to me???!!??? LISTEN to me!!!!!!!" Ad nauseum.

Perhaps you had to be there, but I was trying extremely hard to hide the fact that I was laughing at her. Instead I got out a pen and started to write down her running commentary.

A few minutes later she was quiet. And a few minutes after that she was ready to be nice.

Time out. Works like a charm.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Seriously, do we have the same child?

  2. And to think you and your brothers thought of the same things to say in time out, ah, human nature, keeps coming around. Well, you know how often I went away laughing at you guys. But the reality is I NEEDED TIME OUT TOO! Love you little mom, Mom

  3. laughed and laughed reading your story. but nice method, I have to remember that!

  4. Oh - isn't it fun to be a mom?! I think that kids learn what they are supposed to say when they're in time out before they're even born!

    Truth is, it usually does work like a charm!

    Thanks for the giggle!

  5. So far mine just scream during time out. Lily has taken to saying, "LET ME OUT! LET ME GO!" but I have a feeling she will be just like Bria.

  6. Oooh, I just remembered! My little sister is very strict about her bad words, too. When she was a little older than Bria, she learned (the hard way!) that the "B" word is not appropriate. So from then on, she'd say, "Rach, you're a son of a b-word!" She still got in trouble!