Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Discipline Dots

If you've ever watched Jon & Kate Plus 8 (when it was on... so sad), you know that their kids know exactly where to go for Time Out. They have a little rug near the front door that the kids sit on until they are told that they can come out. There is no ambiguity in where they should be, or whether or not they can wander around. Their designated space is the size of a welcome mat and the kids respected the boundaries of the rug.

My friend Lisa (visit her at www.etsy.com/shop/navymango) has come up with an awesome idea called the Discipline Dot (or Naughty Spot!) These adorable circles are made of two different colors of fleece and are easy to take on the go. You can have one on each floor or keep one in the diaper bag to use at Grandma's house or on play dates. It stops you from having to search for an appropriate place to put your child when you want to keep him or her from the rest of the group. Sometimes there aren't any available corners. Problem solved! You can train your child to respect the boundaries of the Discipline Dot whether you're home or away. And at only $6.99 per dot (plus shipping), they are an amazing item to own.

This makes me wonder... if your kids are of 'disciplining age,' what do you do for time outs? How long do you keep them there? What conversations do you have afterwards? What do you use time outs for (versus other punishments or just giving a warning)?

6 comments:

theansellfamily said...

Wow, how cute. What a great idea!

Blake and Lisa said...

Thanks for the mention!

Janice said...

Love it! I will be ordering one tonight:-)

As for time-outs, Abby only sits there for about a minute...we chat about why she is there and how she can do better next time (well, as much as you can chat with a two year old).

Kathie said...

What a cute idea! We are currently using the bottom step (problem...they run up the steps).

We have more luck with sticker charts. The boys get a sticker if they do a good job sharing or during dinner etc. and if they don't do a good job then we will take a sticker away. Every so many stickers they get a "prize." They are much more motivated by the stickers than they ever are by time out.

suzannah said...

love the portability of this.

we do 2 minute time outs on the bottom step, too. we don't want to spank, so it's pretty much the only thing in our arsenal now...

Anonymous said...

Neat idea. We need a couple of these! Our boys sit until they are calm. (I'm not going to let a screaming 2-yr-old up just because 2 mins. have passed.) Then we talk about what they did wrong and what they should've done instead. We then do a "re-do" going back to the original spot and replaying it out only this time doing the correct response. Got this from the book The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis.