Or peeing during time-out as a way to protest your “unfair” treatment.
Tornado E’s pressing buttons AGAIN. He’s pressing MY buttons again. Yesterday he was in time out four times. Three of those times were for hitting or pushing Tornado S . . . hard. I held my anger and put him in time out. The second time he went into time out, he learned to spit. Tornado S, who was watching Tornado E (fascinated that his brother was actually sitting still for once), also learned to spit. Awesome. Then when it was time to discuss the time out, I noticed Tornado E had peed. When I asked him why he peed, he giggled. That’s right, he giggled.
Then the third time he was in time out, he was still naked from the last time out and peeing session. I watched in horror as he bore down and pushed out his piss. The little brat actually did it on PURPOSE. So I jumped down into the foyer and tried to cover his penis and make him stop. Why don’t I just reverse the Colorado River while I’m at it? So I stopped the time out clock (after washing my hands) and handed him some paper towels to clean up every drop of piss. Then he was back in time out for four minutes. (I’m trying a longer punishment when he hurts Tornado S.) To pass the time, he started to spit again. I told him to stop or he was going back into time out. He did it a couple more times. Resisting the urge to slap him, I heard the time out beep. I talked to him about hitting Tornado S and sent him back to time out for three minutes. Finally time out was a punishment as he pleaded his apology from the time out chair.
So now what am I going to do with a boy who pees in protest of his time out? My mom suggested a spanking, but I have used that discipline only in life threatening emergencies like walking in the street or parking lot. It worked too. Even Tornado S will not walk into the street. But I’m not sure if I want to use that kind of discipline unless it’s my only option. Of course, two of my parenting books have no mention of peeing as a protest. On to the third and final book. Any suggestions out there?