Believe it or not, my darling daughter has a tendency to break the rules...more often than not. Without rhyme or reason, different forms of discipline are more effective than others from day to day. The other week she was having some trouble obeying, and on this particular day, she kept opening the drawers under the TV, which she clearly KNOWS she is not allowed to do. I asked her not to open the drawers and explained that if she continued to do it, she would be disciplined. After she continued to disobey and not be phased by the consequences, I mixed it up. I told her if she opened the drawer one more time that I would take Baby Ana away for the day.
And what do you think she did? Yep...she opened the drawer, so I took Baby Ana and told Analise that because she chose to disobey and not listen to me that Baby Ana had to sit on the shelf all alone, all day. Of course there was much protesting and tears, however she already knew what the consequences would be--Baby Ana up on the shelf (in plain view):Each time she saw Baby Ana throughout the day she would say, "Baby Ana up so so high. I want Baby Ana Mama". Each time I told her that Baby Ana was up there because she disobeyed and that she couldn't have her back until bedtime. Markus called around lunchtime and here was their conversation:
M: "Hi Analise."
A: "Hi Daddy, Baby Ana up so so high."
M: "Why is baby Ana up so high?"
A: "I opened the drawers."
M: "Did Mama tell you not to open the drawers?"
A: "Yes...and I did...and now Baby Ana up so so high. Bye Daddy!"
This is what Baby Ana on the shelf looked like from Analise's height.All of this to say that anytime she even thinks about opening the drawers now, she says (to whoever may be listening), "No opening the drawers or Baby Ana go so so high up there."
It worked...for now at least...