Making Punishment Memorable


My 4 year old son has an AMAZING IMAGINATION! Its actually something I love about him! He's almost never bored and can entertain himself almost endlessly. Its great--except when he's sent to his room for misbehaving. It seems like a punishment for all of 5 minutes until his imagination kicks in. Sometimes he even opts to stay in his room when his hour is over. He doesn't even have a whole lot of toys or anything in his room--a toy box that i pull out in the hall when he's sent to his room. Just books and a few little toys. What would you suggest? It sure seems like sending him to his room for an hour or even for the rest of the day is not a big deal to him. I know you talk about how the weight of a consequence needs to be felt solely by the child and not by the parent, but i feel like i'm failing here on that one! As a family of 5, its not convenient for anyone to have a kiddo sent to his room for the rest of the day. I'm willing to do it obviously but it feels like I'm the one feeling the weight of his consequence and not him because he's just happily playing in there. Thoughts?

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