We've instituted time-outs this past week. Zoe has decided to kick when she gets excited, even if she's near us or the pets. (She lays on her back and lets fly.)Twice over the holiday weekend she ended up in time out. Which means we move a kitchen chair in front of the fireplace (no fire, of course) and tell her she must sit there for one minute. Both times, when she tried to get down, we told her "no" and she cried. We don't like it when she cries, obviously, but it looked like she understood the concept of time-out.
But last night... Well... We were sitting on the couch, and she started to kick.
She promptly climbed off my lap, pushed the kitchen chair over in front of the fire place, then climbed up into it and sat there for a minute, kicking and laughing. Then she got down and came back to sit with me.
An hour later she started kicking again. "Zoe, you're going to get a time-out." Again, she hopped down and climbed into the chair, where she began a wild flurry of kicking.
I fear that she misunderstands. She's translated the time-out spot into the kicking chair. (But how can I punish her for putting herself in time-out and enjoying it? Especially when she's so damn cute.)