Sometimes, All They Need is Love
One day last week, my nearly 4-year-old Miles was really testing me.
Hitting his sister. Throwing toys. Sneaking out of time out. Not listening.
We hadn’t even eaten lunch yet, and Miles had been in time-out countless times and had even been sent to his room twice. At this rate, I wasn’t really sure how we were going to make it through the rest of the day.
As I was preparing lunch, he walked into the kitchen on yet another path of destruction. He took a toy from his little brother. He threw his sister’s cup into the sink before she had time to finish her drink.
I grabbed him by the arm as he stomped past. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do – and my mind ran through my options: Send him to time out – hasn’t been working today. Send him to his room – hasn’t been working today. Ask him to stop – hasn’t been working today.
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