We've reached the point in our parent/toddler relationship where disciplinary action is necessary and NO just doesn't cut it all the time. I read somewhere that a good rule of thumb for time-outs is one minute for each year of age. When Jillian acts up repeatedly, sometimes Daddy will hold her on his lap for 2-3 minutes while she settles down, since a strong NO will elicit one of two responses - laughter (when I say it) or meltdown tears (when Daddy says it). I set up the Pack'N'Play in our bedroom this afternoon for time-outs and had to give her one this evening. Too soon? It was effective, because the next time she tried to do that for which she was punished, and I said NO, she listened.
On a completely unrelated note, Jillian had a wonderful Kodak moment tonight. Of course, there was no camera nearby. I was drawing her bath and left her in the bathroom to run downstairs and throw her bottle in a cup of hot water to warm up somewhat. I returned to the bathroom to find my clothed and diapered baby sitting in her bubble bath. So here I stood, cracking up at the baby in the bathtub in her clothes, with nary a camera to be found. :-(
I'll try to do better with pictures tomorrow!
8 years ago