Friday, January 4

Time outs: How To Make Them Work

I imposed time outs to both my kids at a certain age where they could surely understand what it is. For my eldest, when she turned 2, that's when I started using time outs when she's misbehaving or throwing tantrums or just being naughty. But with my 2nd child, she was ready when she was just 1 and 1/2 yr. old. She stayed in the spot where I put her and wouldn't try to run away at all, that gave me a surprise! Sometimes time out works for them other times, it won't. Well, like they say...you have to keep on telling them and it's always a repeat process before they could really understand what they should or shouldn't be doing. With parentcenter.com, they gave out a few good points how to make time outs work:

  • Understand what a time-out is — and isn't.
  • Time the time-out.
  • Choose the right place.
  • Be consistent.
  • Follow up.
  • Give your child plenty of time-in, too.
I have a block timer for 5,10,15 and 20 minutes. It beeps whatever minutes you chose when it's over. I only use longer minutes if they have done something severe like hurt someone or totally disrespectful, things like that. Usually I try the stairs as the place coz nothing can entertain them in that area but my oldest thought it would make a nice napping area during time out,lol! So, I moved her to a corner. I haven't used time outs much as I did before, it's either they've been really good or I was just forgiving enough,lol!

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