What is a good discipline for a toy-thrower? We have a toy-thrower in our home. I have put the toy-thrower in time out explaining that throwing toys can break things, including the toy, and could hurt others. It wasn't just once. We have been consistent in sending the toy-thrower to time out for throwing. Then we also started taking the toy and sending it to "toy time-out." Sometimes the toy didn't come back for a week. But seeing as how most toys in our home belong to all the children, this didn't seem very fair.
About two weeks ago I implemented a new rule after a light-diffusing glass was broken on the light fixture in the office area from an airborn toy. If a toy is thrown and it belongs to the thrower, it will get donated or trashed. If a toy is thrown and the toy belongs to someone else, the toy-thrower must go and get a toy that belongs to them to be donated in its place. If toy-thrower refuses to get a toy for donation, I will.
Today toy-thrower chucked a toy again just a couple minutes after my warning, "If you throw any of these potato head pieces, you will be done playing with them, and a toy will be donated." Toy-thrower was escorted to time-out with an explanation of why we do not throw toys. When I told toy-thrower to go down to the playroom and pick out a toy, toy-thrower said (and by "said" I actually mean "screamed at me in a sassy tone"), "I am SO DONE with THIS discpline!"
And we'll just leave the story there for you all to ponder.
I know there are other toy-throwers out there. Perhaps not in your home, but maybe in others. Maybe you have heard of a good discipline for toy-throwing. Maybe you read a good idea on Works for Me Wednesday or BabyCenter and I missed it. Please share. And should you feel the need to remind me, I know this is but a little worry in the life of raising children into responsible adults. As far as the "pick your battles" comment goes, I'm not interested in ignoring flying toys.