It is SO unfair. Girl Terror, despite being a stubborn little thing, has always been very easy to discipline. Time-out was the absolute worst thing she could imagine. The social isolation! The boredom! The agony of hurt feelings! She didn't have an older sibling, so she never got into hitting, biting, or any other physical issues. Well, yes, there was that time she bit Hubby's nipple and made him scream, but other than that she was great.
Boy Terror. Oh My God. This child is big. He finally figured out that all he really needs to do is lean on his sister, and she falls over. He has started hitting her. In our house, hitting is right up there with pushing someone out of a 10 story building, and watching them go SPLAT!! on the sidewalk below. We DO NOT hit. Except for him! He hits! He smacks, he pushes and pulls. So, we put him in time out. Folks, the time-out does not work. He does not feel isolated, he is happy for the quiet time alone. His feelings are not hurt. It makes perfect sense to him: "I hit, therefore I must spend time here alone. Hmmm. Wonder what I should sing?" He knows not to hit or push. He knows why. But he doesn't stop! He says he doesn't want time-out, but the reality is he doesn't mind it at all.
Yesterday, he coloured one leg of his pants with a black crayon. He happily went to time-out to think about why we don't colour our clothes. Afterwards, he told me "We don't colour pants. Just paper. It's bad to colour clothes. I not do it again. Maybe a paper towel will clean it?" Was he perturbed? Not a bit.
At supper tonight, he kept putting his foot on the table. I said to him (after removed the offending toes several times) "Do you want to go to time-out?" and the little turkey said "Yup!" and hopped down and went to time-out.
WHAT THE HELL?! What do I do now?! Do you have a kid like this? What on earth do you do with him?!