Friday, November 13th, 2009
Q: What’s worse than your furnace and water heater both breaking on Thursday?
A: Taking a cold shower Friday night.
On Saturday my answer will change to: Seeing the bill for replacing a 25-year-old water tank with a tankless heater. Whew, we sure got some mileage out of the old one, that’s for sure.
I’m behind on mailing contest winners, and have a couple more contests to announce, and plenty of stuff waiting to be reviewed. Gah!
In the meantime, chew on this completely unrelated parenting factoid: Time-outs as a behavior control mechanism for toddlers are the result of research conducted on rats.
“In addressing the question of how to suppress or eliminate a particular behavior, like pressing a lever or pausing between two tasks, researchers working with rats and other animals developed the tactic of time out from reinforcement, which is the full and more accurate name of what most people know as the timeout. The procedure consists of a brief period in which the animal cannot receive reinforcers for the usual reward-earning behaviors, such as getting food by pressing the correct lever. From timeout in a laboratory cage came timeout in a corner of the playground, classroom, or living room.”
The article itself is long-winded and dry, but I thought I’d share that delightful little tidbit to make your day a little more pleasant.