Toddler time outs

Monique - posted on 05/19/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 3 yr old has tend to get out of hand alot lately. I am trying to find new ways of punishment because he thinks sitting in a chair is a game. I started making him go upstairs to his room but his room is like toys r us so of course he gets mad because he has to go to his room but then starts having fun.

Any ideas?!

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Lynlee - posted on 06/14/2009

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Our two and a half year old son has some days where he goes to time-out several times, other days not at all. We put him in the spare bedroom and we have removed anything that could be considered fun for a child! He stays in there two minutes and then we go in and remind him why he was put in there and he has to apologise to us (or the cat!) and give us a hug. Recently we have been warning him with 'I'm starting to count to five and after that you are in time out.' It has been really effective and he will stop misbehaving immediately. You could also use a hallway for time out as long as there is nothing in there that could be fun like bookcases, mirrors etc and shut all adjoining doors when you put him in there.

Monique - posted on 06/14/2009

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Yes I am good at ignoring him when I am upset with him so that's not a problem at all. Thanks for the advise, imma try the stand in corner thing.

Angela - posted on 05/20/2009

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My son who is also 3, spends a lot of time in time out... I used to send him to his room, but he would just play. Now, instead of a chair... we use the stand in the corner facing the wall for about 2 min... and we usually time it. He absolutely hates it. I've been told by lots of former teachers and doctors that it's also helpful to not talk to them when they're in time out. I know that's really hard, but it's supposed to work.

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