, no imaginary children don't count. Just how many pretend kids do you have? >.<
We use 1-2-3, normally for "discipline." So when she's doing something she isn't supposed to We say "Lilian, we do not shove cookies into the dvd player (haha), that is one."
If she does it again we say "Lilian, we said no touching the dvd player, that is two. Do it again and it's time out."
When she does it again we tell her we said no, and bring her to her room which is off of our kitchen. A child gets one minute per age. She's 21 months, so I do about a min. and a half.
It works mostly and most days I get to two and she stops. But there are other days where it's a total test of patience. If she's doing something that could hurt herself we don't do 123, we take her away from it right away. Also if she hurts the dog or us in anger, she gets a time out immediately.
It's more about being removed from the situation at this age than "thinking about what she's done." She doesn't mind having to go to her room much, she often ends up just playing in her room even after I tell her she can come out.