My mother raised me and two autistic daughters who are twins and never, even during the most difficult, turbulent, excrutiatingly painful times did she ever bestow such evil time out 'punishment' on any of us. Any idiot will tell you that any punishment at this tender age needs to be conducive to their age and development, however unsuccessful it may be at first. Yes, I agree in most part with the other person who replied to your email in that you are a piece of work, however, I like to believe in the best in people and hope to think that your intentions are not meant to be cruel, but an act of exasperation. I'm not excusing your behaviour, as I've implied, it is strictly appalling and yes, you could be reported for child abuse, however after reading your letter, I think you need help. You should visit your GP or child health nurse and ask for a psychiatric referral for both yourself and, more importantly, your son before things really get out of hand and you become a domestic violence statistic of the kind we hear about on the 6.00 o'clock news.
Age 38, Qld, pregnant with 2 and a half year old