My daughter is 2 and timeout isnt really working anymore. How do i get her to stay put in timeout?

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Anna - posted on 01/19/2009

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Thank you moms! i will try the toy timeout, maybe with her favorite video? i get sooo frustrated with bringing her back to timeout over and over again. It has definately made me raise my voice and stomp around like a mad woman. so i reckon i will try the toy time out.

Pam - posted on 01/19/2009

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Whatever you do - be consistent. I also think it's important to give a warning. If you don't do this, then this will happen, and then you must, MUST follow through - so make sure it's something you're willing to do. In regards to the timeout - have a good place, like a chair and just keep taking her back to it. You don't even need to talk - just keep putting her back, over and over until she gets the point. Honestly - I saw Supernanny do it on tv and I've tried it myself a couple times and it gets the point across eventually. You've got to stick to it - be stubborn but calm and no giving in!

Chris - posted on 01/19/2009

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"Toy time-out" works for my daughter.  Take her favorite toy away for a set amount of time. 

Melissa - posted on 01/19/2009

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Change up what is used to get attention--time out; removing a favorite toy, no movies or a tv free day ( you find out they can survive and so can you!) remove an activity and the like. Sometimes you have to stop and make the child sit in the chair--but take a deep breath, and be kind--not a screaming lunatic--you are letter her know you are the parent and she is the child. Set the tone for the consequence of her choice--if she did X and X was wrong, then what is the consequence? If it is sitting in the TO chair then she must sit in the chair--we held ours in the chair--we did not hurt, but we were firm in the time in the chair rule. It might not be fun for you the first couple of times--but when a parent actually follows through they give their child a great gift! You are teaching them that there are boundaries to our behavior choices. Good Luck!

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