So I have a new behavior that Dasha has been displaying that is not desired. When she is playing inappropriately with a toy, i.e. throwing, hitting, or jumping on the couch, yeah, she has taken a few headers off the couch with that last one. I warn her, then if she continues, I remove the toy. Or remove her from the couch. Her reaction is to reach out for the nearest toy she can find and proceed to throw it, kick it, or start banging on the coffee table. This leads to an immediate time out. I put her in the corner in the living room and make her face away from me and then I sit with my back to hers to keep her in time out. She screams, cries, etc, then when she calms somewhat I make her say sorry, and then she has to go pick up whatever she threw, then we kiss and hug. The bad part of this is she is extremely stubborn. It will sometimes take her 10-15 minutes to say sorry. But I have been making her say sorry. In some ways this is what I do with Camden, and some ways not. I don't sit with Camden when he is in time out, etc.
My question is, what is your opinion? Am I making too big of a deal out of the throwing, kicking? It is definitely a battle I want to fight, throwing and kicking is not acceptable to me at all, but are my expectations too high right now. She can say sorry, and she will go pick up the item after the time out. It is just weary and I hate the screaming. She still wants to cuddle and sit with me after the fact so I don't feel that it is damaging the bonding going on, but I just don't know. Maybe I am just making too big of deal out of this. It is day 4 of Randy working straight, so by this time I am usually going a little insane by now! Though on the 27th I will really have my hands full, we will have 10 people in the house for a week. That should be fun.....
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