Do Time-Outs Really Work to Gain Cooperation from Your Toddler?

Bonnie - posted on 05/12/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )




There are so many different opinions about time-outs. I've even seen an advertisement on how to make time-outs fun with a sparkly bottle. When I showed my teenagers the bottle, they said "If they're going to use time-out for punishment, shouldn't it be something they don't enjoy?" We don't use time-outs anymore, but I am curious as to how they have worked for you, or if you are searching for something else because you find they don't work for you.


Jodi - posted on 05/13/2014




Time outs shouldn't be for punishment. They are for time out, which means exactly that. Time out shouldn't necessarily be fun, but it is time for both you and your child to calm down so that the situation can be dealt with in an appropriate way (depending on the situation). I have often been able to send a child to time out in their room (where I really don't care if they are there playing in the end) while they are tantruming, just to calm down (both them and me), and then we can regroup in a calm manner and discuss appropriate consequences. Time out should never be the consequence in itself in my opinion.

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