Phases of Timeout.
1. The ear piercing, blood curdling, alarms-the-neighbors, screaming.
2. The just as loud, but more dawn out crying.
3. The whimpering with occasional shrieks to remind you she is still there.
(My theory- this is how she conserves her energy)
4. The quiet. The attitude is not quite fixed, but the demeanor has softened to a state where communication can finally happen. Many times she does not like the communication so we start the cycle all over.
These stages can repeat each other like 1-2-1-2-3-2-3-4-1-2-3........4.
Yes, it can take a LONG time.
Can you imagine how it looks when we are not at home and strapped in a booster seat?
And people wonder why I stay home!
She has to learn something at some point, right?
Oh, I love you, Virginia Jane
My strongest-willed little girl.