We’ve been having problems with our five year old son’s bad behaviour for a while now. He is the cutest thing but he can be a handful. What we used to do when he was not listening or behaving badly was to send him to his room That made him angry and he would start screaming, kicking and throwing stuff. We had to remove all the toys from his closet because he would throw them on the wall. It always ended up whit me or my husband screaming and giving him consequences over consequences. That was frustrating for us as well as for him and we all felt really bad after.
A year ago, we had someone from Andrew’s school come at our house to observe him and give us tricks. She suggested we try the time out chair. I had heard about it but just knew my son would not stay sit on a chair, not even for a minute, so sending him to his room what easier for us to do. From now on, when he was not listening to us or behaving badly, we were to put him 4 minutes (1 minute per year of age) on the chair and he was to stay there calmly until the beep. If not, we had to restart the four minutes again. The first few times were really hard, I had to put him back on the chair and restart the timer about 15 times, but after a while (2 days) it got better and actually worked and he started to listen more and behave better. Then summer came and he was doing better, so we went back to our old ways…. BIG MISTAKE! He started behaving badly again in the fall and it got worse and worse over the winter. So guess what? Since last week, the time out chair is back and after a week, we have noticed a big difference.
Not listening to us and behaving badly is not the only problems we’ve had. He was also not listening to the teacher’s instructions at school and taking for ever to get dressed in the morning to go take the bus, we even missed the bus one morning.
Here is what we are doing now and it seems to work.
- We only ask once but make sure he understands by making him repeat. If he does not listen then he goes on the time out chair for 5 minutes.
- When he has a good day at school, he gets an “X” on the good behaviour calendar (will explain the good behaviour calendar on another post) and when he gets a week of good behaviour, he gets to choose a gift or privilege from our gift drawer (little things I get at Walmart or the dollar store and privileges like go to bed 15 min. later, an extra story at night, a bubble bath with lots of water….). If he gets a month of good behaviour then we will bring him to the toy store to choose a toy of his choice (there is a max. $).
- We are now putting the timer when we need him to do something like getting dressed in the morning. We put 10 minutes on the timer and he needs to get dressed before the beep. After the 10 minutes, if he’s not dressed then we help him without getting mad, but he is not allowed any TV when he gets back from school or before bed.