This morning, I had to give EC a time out. She was throwing a shoe. I gave her a warning - to no avail. She did it again and off to timeout she went.
She sat wailing on the sofa that it was too early for a timeout. No kidding!
After her allotted time, I went over to wrap up timeout. Explain why she was there. Ask her to apologize for what she did - "sorry for throwing a shoe." Explain that if she does it again, she'll get a timeout again. Then I give her a hug and tell her that I love her. This is her favorite part of time out, obviously.
I grabbed her and hugged her tight and said, "I love you, L."
"I'm E," she said.
I felt very small.