The Toy Piano

Disclaimer: The actions depicted below did not result in any boo-boos.

A toy piano, harmless in theory, but extremely dangerous when mixed with antibiotics, congestion, and a nap deprived toddler.

My son typically (90% of the time) maintains a sweet demeanor. He is my little love bug. MY son would NEVER act out and get sentenced to time out for the first time at preschool. Well folks, it happened. My nugget, who I will preface has not been feeling well for the last three-four week battling severe congestion, threw a toy piano at another child.

As a typical mother, I am deflecting my child’s behavior on other contributing factors, such as an antibiotic, distain towards lunch, and 40 minute nap, but in reality, my kid did something that I am not proud of.

When his teacher was explaining the situation to me, I had this vision of him grabbing the piano like a cave man, lifting it over his head, screaming NOOOO! at the top of his lungs, and chucking it at the other child’s head. She said she was honestly shocked, because it’s just not my kids personality. Due to his actions, my son was sentenced to two minutes of time-out. Was he happy, absolutely not, but he sat there and served his time.

Even though my child is two, I try to get on his level and talk about what happened. I know what you’re thinking, “Hannah he’s two. He doesn’t understand what you’re saying.” Well folks, I think it’s important to talk about what went down and what he should have done instead of expressing his anger through his hulk-like strength. There is something to be said when you respect your child enough to reason with him.

When I was growing up I was never spanked. My mother gave me a look and I was done. I would grovel and beg for forgiveness. It all depends on the child in regards to how you discipline. I will preface that I am not an advocate for spanking and will do everything else  in my power before I pop my son. I’ve already pinned a time out chair on my Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/hanystro) and plan on making it a staple item in my household moving forward. “They” suggest you have your child sit in the time out chair the number of minutes corresponding to your child’s age, so he sits for two minutes because he is a two-year-old.

With another baby on the way, we are going to nip this throwing thing in the bud. Reasonable communication and time out chair will be used in full effect.

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