Raynews. Ray had her fifteen-month checkup yesterday. The verdict is “the picture of health.”

The doctor subscribes to a whole-life treatment view of medicine, so we’re always getting these weird questions, like, “How do you discipline your child?” which shoots me off on a discussion.

Ray doesn’t respond to spanking. I’ve tried it on those occaisions when she’s putting herself in danger (like pulling out the vaccuum cleaner cord for the nth time). Pop on the bum, and no behavior change. Yelling does little. The louder I holler her name, the more she ignores me. So we’re going with the go to your room philosophy. I told this to the doc, and she said, “It usually takes about a minute per year to get your point across.”


Sometimes it takes more than a minute for me to calm down, though. Food for thought.