Although I'm not new to the bump (was on it when pg with DS and hang out on TTGP now), I am new to this board. This probably isn't the best introduction, but I'm desperate for help, so please excuse my lack of a formal intro post.
DH and I are so frustrated with DS (who will be 3 next month). He just does not listen. If we ask him to do something, he doesn't do it. If we ask him not to do something, he does it. We've been using the 1-2-3 Magic system consistently, and sometimes he'll comply with a request (i.e. pick up your toys) by "2", but lately it seems we're constantly getting to 3, and he has to go to time out. Does anyone have any other behavior management/discipline methods that they've found successful? I imagine a lot of this is just normal 2.5-3 year old behavior, but if it's possible to make it better, I'd love to.
Our second issue is time out. When DS goes to time out, he is supposed to stay on this little carpet square for 2 minutes (we have a timer). Lately he's been getting up. When he does, we stop the timer, place him back on the mat, and then re-start the timer. If anyone has any "stay in time out" suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
TIA for your help!
(I'm reposting on this on Parenting as well)