Time out party time

Louisa - posted on 05/17/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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So you will all love this, now when my 2 year old son goes into timeout on the stairs, he takes his clothes off, takes his diaper off and starts playing with his penis. He sits there in silence with a little giggle every once in awhile. Would you interrupt the time out and dress him again or just leave it til his time out is up. My real problem is i dont think its that much of a punishment if he is playing with his peeper the whole time!

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Gena - posted on 05/17/2009

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I agree that I would address the fact that he is taking his clothes off as opposed to playing with himself. You don't want to punish him of get upset about him doing something that is completely natural. For a while, in the tub, that is all my son would do...but eventually he got over it and rarely do it anymore. I would tell him that his time-out doesn't start until he sits there with his clothes on, and re-dress him and start the time over. It will be a struggle until he realizes that you mean it, but eventually he will stop. Good Luck!

Cara - posted on 05/17/2009

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It is natural for your son to be exploring himself..however I think you should concentrate more on him undressing and not taking his time out seriously. I would dress him and continue to do so, and not have him leave time out until he has sat there for the whole thing dressed. How you react to him playing with himself can affect how he thinks of sexuality when he's older. When my son plays with himself, I just explain to him that it is his penis and he has one because he is a boy. That is all I say. I don't react like he is doing something wrong because he isn't. He's only 16 months, and when he is old enough to understand I will explain that that is something he should do when he is alone.

User - posted on 05/17/2009

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no, u need to correct him get him dressed and explain what he is doing is wrong.We went through the same thing with our 2 year old but he did his in the bath,and then when we got him out and dressed him he would sit on the couch ans stick his hand down his pants and play with it until we explained it was wrong. GOOD LUCK

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