Jon's Fathers always told us, that when trying to discipline Jonathan as a child , no matter what you did, no matter how angry you were, he never cried or seemed to be upset at what he'd done. I can't quite remember if he said that Jonathan would just stand there and smile, but boy is it hard to try and be angry at a kid who is just laughing at you. It actually makes you feel more angry and at the same time, it's hard not to laugh.
Take a look at that picture down there. It's Jon who is actually very angry at that moment. We were trying to get ready to leave and Noah didn't want to put on his shoes, so he took one and smacked Jon in the face with it! Yelling doesn't work, he yells back at us even louder, a spank would only teach him that hitting is ok, ignoring the hitting wouldn't stop the behavior, I've found teaching "gentleness" is just resulting in more hits and laughs and then he runs away. Redirecting doesn't get the message of " that's wrong" out. The only semi-working technique is time out. Noah hates to be confined to any place, so we're using the crib as time out.
So there is Jon saying "Noah, that was very wrong. I'm giving you a two minute time out to calm down". As usual, Noah is smiling and laughing at his angry parents.
Dear lord, how did this kid get this way? Oh yeah, his Dad. :)