I will be the first to say I found the ‘Time Out’ to be a valuable tool to help me through my the crazy toddler years with my small people. I will also admit it was occasionally ME taking the ‘time out’, but I made it through with my sanity intact, right?
My daughter, my older child, seemed to be less likely to push the limits of her discipline and so I believed time-outs were extremely effective as I worked to discipline her, but naturally, no two children are alike. My son required far more patience. I was often walking him back to his ‘time-out’ spot over and over again.
With both of my kids, I started introducing the idea of a time-out around 18 months. This is the time experts, like Dr. Sears suggest, as up to this point parents are mainly working to distract children from dangerous behavior. As they approach two, kids are more apt to understand our words when we say ‘time out’ and how the action and words tie together. Dr. Sears offers many tips including staying consistent, keeping it brief and quiet and making sure to pick the right location.
Reading through some opinions and experiences on Circle of Moms, many relay the challenges and benefits of trying to enforce this form of discipline. Is this a route you took with your children and did you find it effective?
My thoughts in the video.
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