A few weeks ago a friend of mine was talking about keeping her 2 year old in bed at night. Apparently Miss MayaBear likes to get out of bed. A lot. So her Momma took away her special teddy bear. When MayaBear got out again, away went the special blanket. Eventually it was MayBear in bed with just her normal blankets and plain pillow. *Horrors!*
Well I took the knowledge and filed it away. About a week ago I thought I'd try it out on Naomi. I told her Scout would have come with Mommy if she didn't stay in bed. When she didn't stay in bed, Scout had to spend the night in the hallway.
Both girls' attention I now ownnnn.
"Oceana, I will take away your pillow pet for a few days if you won't do XYZ".
"Naomi, be gentle with your toys, or Mommy will take away Scout until you can learn to be gentle."
Works every time! And it's not as hard to take away a toy as it is to say "You can't go to XYZ" (because that messes w/ my plans, not just theirs).