Niamh will now go there when told to;
She thinks that it's boring and not very nice to sit on but she goes,
Whinging away 4 minutes of her life.
Eilidh is just beginning to learn about the naughty spot...
Apparently we need to discipline her just like a normal child:
hello! yeah, of course... she is a normal child!
She has SMA and (probably) an above average IQ...
She is cheeky and mischievous,
Oh, she is so very canny...
"Canny" - a Scots definition: artful, expert, handy, worthy,fortunate, shrewd, prudent, useful, deliberate, beneficial
So she is ready to learn about the naughty spot.
As I said, I thought that I had it sorted.
Naughty... Naughty Spot... Brakes on...
Hey! Wait a minute... I can't restrain my child, can I?
I don't think so...
Using the brakes on the wheelchair is the equivalent of hand-cuffing an able-bodied child to the naughty spot; it's restraint, it's cruel, totally unnecessary and no child should be punished in such a way.
I have to be honest though - I had to think this point through the first time Eilidh went on the Naughty Spot to reach this conclusion.
So... Eilidh was put on the naughty spot:
She wheeled off
And was put back on
And wheeled off
And was put back on.
Until finally she stayed;
A full 2 minutes, staring out of the window as the world went by
And no brakes were necessary.
An apology from her,
A cuddle and a "i love you"
And all was right in the world again...
Until next time!