I had a play date with a mom I had met at a park. She seemed cool & our kids go along ok. She asked for my number & last name, which I thought was strange. Anyhow, about a week later she called & suggested a play date at her house. I went over on a Wednesday afternoon & the trouble started.
She was very into this 1-2-3 Magic way of disciplining her kids. I had never heard of it & was curious to hear more. Well did I hear more alright… Her oldest was misbehaving. He was taking toys out of my kid’s hands, hitting his little sister, throwing cars. Normal kid stuff, but this mom wasn’t having any of it. “Jerome! 1-2-3…ok, that’s it, back in your Time-Out chair”. This happened over and over again. She explained to me she had to be consistent in order for this to work. I get it. If Jerome didn’t do what she wanted by the count of 3, he was strapped into his Time-Out chair for 3 minutes.
Little Jerome basically spent the entire 2 hour play date strapped in his Time-Out chair. The chair was an old high chair that he was actually too big for. She strapped him in and he sat there getting really mad while watching my kids play with his toys. It didn’t seem like a good thing for anyone. I told her I thought we should leave and try again another day. She said ok. He was set free to try one more time to play with the kids. A Weeble Wobble suddenly went flying through the air hitting my son. “Jerome, back in the chair” This was a terribly uncomfortable play date. 1-2-3 Magic wasn’t so magical. I’ll stick to taking away toys.