“Teacher sent me to the naughty corner but then I could go back to the mat” said Jack the other day without taking a breath.
“WHY did she send you to the naughty corner Jack?” I asked.
“Jack were you not listening?” I prodded
A while later
“I was putting my feet on the wall but she said I could go back to the mat” he offered.
I left it for a while because I didn’t want to make too much of a big deal about it and the more he mentioned it the more excited he seemed to be that he had been sent to the naughty corner. Almost like he had received a badge of honor!
Turns out he was walking up the wall with his feet while standing on his hands. After the third time she had asked him to stop, the teacher sent him to the naughty corner. Apparently he was extremely unimpressed and cried and cried and took forever to actually make it to the corner.
Up until this naughty corner incidence I have managed to get away with counting. There are times he just doesn’t comply but for the most part when I count he does what he needs to. But he really has been pushing every boundary there is and it feels like we are constantly at war.
Last night during a tantrum I said “If you don’t stop what you are doing and listen you are going to the naughty corner.” (I can’t actually remember what I wanted him to do – I think it was a tantrum about a DVD) He stopped screaming and looked at me with big eyes. Clearly the naughty corner is a bigger deal than counting to 3. To be honest we don’t have a naughty corner and I was trying frantically to figure out where I would actually send him if he didn’t stop.
What is an appropriate naughty corner? Really I am asking this seriously? I was thinking the area near our stairs? Its separate from the lounge and there is nothing fun there. (Once I sent Kiara to the bathroom – she had a great time toilet papering the bathroom so lesson learnt there)