There comes a time in a child's life where they know exactly what is expected of them, yet seem unable to be corrected by such things as the naughty chair. The kids are still a bit too young and shouldn’t be expected to sit still for very long.
Around this age, the kids are finally tall enough to reach the door handle and escape from their dungeon room if it is being used as the ‘time out’ spot. So what to do? You could smack their hand, but I don’t want to go down the ‘you hit your kids’ road right now. How about reversing the door locks? That sounds humane!
- The child is given time to cool down
- The parent is given time to cool down and not overreact to the situation by doing something that they may regret
- If done consistently, the kid gets the point that their behavior is causing them to be put in their room
- It’s easy to do
- The child might feel abandoned
- It could result in door kicking, wall pounding, etc.
- If you’re not very handy, it’s not easy to do
I haven’t made up my mind on reversing the door locks yet. I’ve known people who have, and their kids aren’t warped little munchkins. But part of me wonders if this is the best solution. What are your thoughts for handling an unruly kid at a touchy age?