“Mommy I think you need a timeout” I will never forget those words!! Waiting at the check out stand with two young boys wanting ALL the candy they perfectly display by the Cashiers. MOMMY MOMMY MOMMY MOM MOM MOM MOMMY—I was about to blow and I think it was written ALL over my face because when I told my boys “It stops now or you will get a timeout” was when my son said, “Mommy I think you need a timeout” and he was right! I needed a break…just get home send them to play and take 5 minutes to myself.
I now take timeouts when I see that I am losing my patience or becoming frustrated with the situations. My boys are getting older but getting better at asking more questions or raising their tone. I am not perfect at this “Mom thing” but learning what works for me.
I can play outside all day with my boys. I sometimes do. However, I will go inside the house and tell them all I need a 10 minute nap before dinner…then I take it. I don’t ask…I know what is needed to continue having a great day.
Moments that I clearly remember walking away from:
- My son playing with the cooler and unloading all 5 gallons of water on the kitchen floor.
- My son spilling an entire gallon of milk and full bottle of chocolate syrup on the kitchen table because he was trying to make a glass of chocolate milk.
- My boys breaking 2 dozen eggs on the kitchen floor because they thought it was hysterical EVERY time each egg hit the floor and cracked!! (I had white tile)
- My boys painting their bathroom cabinets with my nail polish!
I’m sure more of these moments are in my future!! I wouldn’t trade them for the world but I do not like yelling or speaking in anger. I am Latin and German and LOUD so please know that it takes a lot on my part to work on this “Mommy Timeout”. I have learned a lot of patience through my kids because the damage is all ready done, clean up is the only thing left to do.
If you don’t take timeouts what do you do to get through your day?