Jenny - posted on 09/17/2011 ( 79 moms have responded )
Thought just popped into my head. I’ve seen time outs demonstrated on T.V via Supper Nanny and by a Clinical Psychologist on Tiny Tearaways. Now that I think about it, the way they administer the TO’s seem equally as abusive to me as a quick spank on the butt.
In Tiny Tearaways the child is kicking and screaming trying desperately to get out while the parent is holding onto the door knob for dear life keeping it closed for the duration of the time out (one minute per age). Isn’t it abusive to lock your child in a room? Sure its for a short period of time, but so is a spank. (I’m talking about a spank where the parent administers 1 smack to the bottom.)
In Super Nanny the parents are encouraged to hold their child down, restrain them physically, physically drag them to the Naughty Spot/Corner/Chair to keep them there for the duration of the time out.
It’s almost as if this is more traumatizing and physically abusive than a spank to the butt.
What are your thoughts on these type of TO vs spanking? And how do you administer your Time Out?