Please Tell Me It's Sinking In
My daughter is 21 months old. She knows that she's not supposed to hit or scratch but she often does it anyways. It's bad when you're constantly putting your hands up in defense just in case.
We have limited options for "time out" spots in our small 1 bedroom apartment here in Anchorage, so we've been using her pack-n-play. Probably not the best idea to make her bed a place of punishment, but I don't really have another option. The other night, Jared and I were laying on our mattress that is in our living room - glamorous, I know, but sleeping in the same room with a teething, toddler doesn't work. Marley scratches Jared, we put her in time-out. A few minutes after getting out, she hits me and then points to her room and says "bed?" We take her time-out. So, if she knows a produces b and b isn't fun, then why doesn't she STOP scratching and hitting? Please tell me that this "consistency" thing is going to sink in and she will soon stop this behavior!
On a side note, she is very good at coming out of time out and giving loves - her version of "I'm sorry".
One cute story about her... as to not end on a negative note.
The other day we were getting ready to head out of the house. She was whining, probably because I was busy getting our stuff together and not paying attention to her. I turned around and said, "Marley, sing me a song." She smiles, and then starts doing and actions and singing (as best she can) Head, Shoulders Knees & Toes. So cute. It mostly sounded like "knee, toe, knee, toe", but it was adorable. What a cutie pie.