Monday, July 5, 2010

Doing Hard Time

I wonder how prisons discipline prisoners on Death Row. That's what I think of while putting a toddler to bed. I can take away her 2 books, I can take away her tuck, but once she's tucked in I have zero leverage. Can't give her a time-out, can't punish too far into the future ("get back to bed or you're not going to have cake on your birthday!") so if she does something like, say, leaving her room, I'm stumped. I guess this is the place where many parents institute yelling and hitting. It's all starting to make sense.