Mine, NO, and Time Out

Well, if the title of this post is any hint, you might guess that we’ve started having some authority problems over here.

Remember sweet little Jake?

Well.

Well.

Well.

I told Seth, through teary eyes the other day, that I reeeealllly thought Jake was going to be different. I know, such an amateur. But perhaps I thought God truly smiled down on us and decided to grant us the perfect child. The one that would never talk back, hit, bite, throw tantrums, or scream in our faces.

Then I recalled this verse…

Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

Psalm 51:5

…and remembered that nobody is safe from the terrible twos :)

The timing of this particular behavior is not really ideal seeing as I am DONE being pregnant, but there are lots of prayers, singing about positive attitudes, and high-fives (Bible study girls, you know what I’m talking about!!) going on over here.

The good thing is, Jake will now (almost) willingly walk to time out and stay there until he’s told. The bad thing is, he walks out laughing half the time. And sometimes I can’t help but laugh too! I’ve also decided we have to go back to sleep training. I think we got a little too relaxed with bedtime, naptime, etc after the time change and we’ve got to get back to a strict bedtime and nap start/end time regardless of crying. Because come 3 weeks from now, I cannot listen to two screaming children at once!!!!

You know, it’s all wishful thinking at least.

I love my little boy more than words can possibly express. He can be the sweetest thing in the whole world and can sometimes be the exact opposite. But I know we are so blessed to have him in our lives and I can’t possibly fathom how we have enough love for another.

But I think our hearts are about to double in size!

3 thoughts on “Mine, NO, and Time Out

  1. I’m an amateur right there with you…but I wanted to recommend Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood. I have started implementing it with Ezra, and it seems to be working. Some of the techniques are for older kids, but quite a few of them work now, and we’ve gotten to where even the mention of “room time” will cause Ezra to stop whatever he’s doing and redirect himself to something else, or change his attitude (maybe like 90% of the time). Good luck. I’ll be praying for you as you continue to discipline Jake AND welcome a new little one!

  2. ha great, i guess i can be expecting this in the next month or so :)

    well honestly we already have the tantrum thing down and attempt time out, but we are NOWHERE near the point where he will go there on his own! or stay there for that matter unless he is strapped down to something. sigh.

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