How do you get a 8yr girl to go to time out?

Nannyof5 - posted on 09/11/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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all reasons vary but when it's time to discipline.... time out...she doesn't go. she runs off to where ever she chooses. i don't let that count at time out. time out only counts when she is on the chair but I can't git her there. Any Ideas?

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Jodi - posted on 09/11/2012

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How is she being disrespectful?



Personally, I don't see writing sentences as a particularly meaningful consequence either.....

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Dove - posted on 09/11/2012

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My girls have recently started 'writing sentences', but I don't have them write the same sentence over and over again.... Instead they have to write a paragraph pertaining to the misdeed. For example: with the disrespectful situation they would have to write what they did/said that was disrespectful, why it was disrespectful, and what they should have done/said instead. I don't use it as a 'punishment', but more of a way for them to really THINK about what they are doing and what they SHOULD be doing. I figure that I process stuff better when it's in writing... maybe they do too. ;)



Though if this is not your child and the mother wants you to use time out..... you are kind of stuck doing discipline her way, coming to another mutual agreement, or quitting the job.

Nannyof5 - posted on 09/11/2012

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I totally agree that time out isn't fit for a 8yrs old. I am the nanny though and I'm looking for ways to try and work with the mother on better disciplinary ways. Time out is what the mom would like for me do and I just can't seem to get G there and she has no helpful ways of me gitting G there either. Today I had her write sentences" I will not be disrespectful to Miss Megan". because she was smarting off to me and the mom has told me that disrespectfulness is not aloud But I can't get her to set in time out. I usually tell her if she doesn't stop she will have to write sentence and she stops but today she kept going and I said ok you have to write 5 sentence, and it works but the mom keeps stressing she'd rather i use time out. .

Dove - posted on 09/11/2012

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At 8 it's time to come up with other solutions if time out isn't working. What is she going to time out for and what would be a logical consequence to that behavior?

Jodi - posted on 09/11/2012

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Personally, I wouldn't use time out as a punishment for an 8 year old (I don't see time out as particularly effective punishment anyway, but definitely wouldn't bother with an 8 year old), I tend to use it as a means of calming down, or time out of a particular situation in order to then discuss the circumstances and make decisions on discipline. Try to allow the punishment to fit the crime....a logical consequence. I am not sure, in this situation, what the crime actually is. Stop and listen to what?

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