My two-year-old is beating me up.
She's gotten into hitting. For control. For effect. Apparently, for fun.
This gets her a time-out. Problem is, that doesn't seem to be helping much. Sometimes I think she wants one. Sometimes she definitely wants one because it means she'd stay in the living room (albeit on the chair in the corner) instead of having to go for a diaper change. Manipulator alert! We're onto this one, so diaper change it is.
Sometimes if she takes a swing at me and misses I'll warn her and she'll stop. But when I'm brushing her teeth, she doesn't miss. She slaps me in the face. Which kind of, you know, fricking hurts. And makes me mad. And then she knows it and hits again, again, again. I can either get hit repeatedly or grab her hands, but that only confirms that I'm mad and makes her mad (or makes it more fun, perhaps, depending on your understanding of total toddler depravity, I suppose).
It's getting to me. And she knows it.
I don't think I want to give her time-out then (although tonight I did) because I don't want to teach that negative behavior gets more attention--and gets her out of brushing her teeth and going to bed. I do want to stop and/or punish the behavior with enough unpleasantness and immediacy to show this is serious. And I'd really like to, you know, not get hit in the face.
How do I get at this? Can I make time-out work here? Do I need some sort of upgrade to Time-Out 2.0?
I am remembering that it's probably about control, so I should probably find some way to give her more control in the tooth brushing process.
Right. More control? She's opening the cabinet, she's licking the mirror . . . she's out of control!
But at least she has semi-clean teeth.