Our son is almost 3 years old and he's been getting worse about talking back and not obeying our directions (such as "put on your shoes" or "pick up your toys"). We're thinking about implementing John Rosemond's ticket system where he gets 5 tickets per day and after he loses them all for 5 misbehaviors, he is sent to his room for the rest of his day. The thing we're not sure about is whether is this an appropriate length punishment for an almost 3-year-old.
So my question is: Is an entire day too long for a 3-year-old to be sent to his room? If so, what is a more appropriate length of time?
We were leaning towards starting with a 1 hour room punishment after losing 5 tickets. And after that time is up, he gets 3 tickets back. Subsequent loss of all tickets would result in perhaps a 2 hour timeout. This is starting to seem a little too complicated, however. Thoughts?
Right now he gets a 1-5 minute sit-down time-out for these types of misbehaviors, but he rarely seems to care at all. Sometimes he even asks for a time-out in lieu of doing what he's told.