While on an albuterol high, running around the house like a wild child, my daughter was put into time out for throwing a golf ball at my husband (she’s been told not to throw toys, especially at people).
She sat on a stool in time out while my husband and I chatted for a minute. Without thinking, he tossed a Dora figurine across the room to join a pile of toys awaiting relocation back to the playroom. My daughter happened to be sitting at a prime vantage point where she could see the whole thing. From the corner of the room, we heard a little voice saying, “No throwing Dora, Daddy! No, sir! No sir!”
We couldn’t help ourselves; we burst out giggling. I tried to stifle my laughs but that only made me laugh harder. My husband did his best to walk over and finish the time out procedure and apologize for his bad example. By then, everyone was giggling and the time out had no effect whatsoever. I know this because five minutes later she threw Dora across the room and went back to time out.
Sometime discipline is hard because we hate to punish our children or see them disobey. Sometimes it’s hard because they are just plain hilarious when they’re getting into trouble!
Photo: Snowbunny (2008) – Not taken tonight!