Guest blogger Mary Poppins: Attention New Age Parents: Your kid needs to be put in TIME OUT! I get that you do not want your overly sensitive wimp of a kid to be hurt but you are running out of options. Placing your child in a designated spot when they misbehave is not a cardinal offense. It is necessary! Even the best children need to learn when their actions are unacceptable. It really is so sweet that you are concerned about your child's feelings being hurt, but let's be honest you don't put her in time out because you want her to like you.
Yes, she will cry and scream and be angry at you because she is going to have to stop playing with his toys, but guess what?? She needs structure and discipline. Being a "fun" parent is not what is most important when your child's future as a law-abiding citizen is at stake. When I walk into your home and witness your child throwing things and ripping pictures off the wall, my first reaction is to tell her to calm down, sit down and think about what she has done. You, on the other hand, worry that recognizing her bad behavior will just emphasize that it gives her attention. You are INSANE! Of course it gives her attention, it also gives her much needed discipline.
Discipline is something that all children need. It shows them that you care about what they are doing and that you want them to act in the best way possible. Willingly choosing to ignore that they are acting out just causes them to act out more. I recognize you when you are at the playground because you are the parent that has the screaming kid that will not listen to a word you say, I on the other hand have the children that play nicely and stay away from your bratty bunch.
So all you highly sensitized parents do society a favor and put your kid in the corner.