I was changing the little man's diaper this afternoon, getting him ready for nap, and he started kicking me.
Hard. On purpose.
It's like he was following a recipe on how to make my head turn into a super nova.
I told him to stop. He just giggled and did it again, only harder.
This continued on for several rounds which is always a bad sign in my book.
For practical reasons, I quickly concluded that time outs don't mix well with a diaperless toddler. (Time outs usually work really well in our house.)
And I was at a loss...
I've never had to use a technique other than a time out or distraction before. (The little man is very active, but is generally pretty happy and easy to handle).
(I'm pretty against the idea of spanking so I was hoping to come up with something else.)
So I threatened him with the one thing I thought would get his attention - bedtime stories before nap. Bedtime stories are just about his favorite thing in the world.
He ignored the warning. He kicked me as hard as little legs were capable of kicking.
So he was put down for nap today without any stories.
The whole thing was sad. He was upset... really upset.
And I was tempted to give in, but I didn't.
And although I feel a bit mean right now, I'm actually quite proud of myself.
I'm pretty sure I just passed the first of many tests that come with parenting a wild two year old boy.
In theory I'd like the punishment to be a consequence of the behavior (i.e. throw a toy, that toy gets taken away), but I couldn't come up with anything good for kicking like a maniac during diaper changes. I totally open if anybody has any suggestions.
I think the trying twos are officially here! Let the games begin...