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Time Out Technique How to Use It for Toddlers

Time Out Technique How to Use It for Toddlers

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Time-out is a discipline technique used by parents in response to undesired behaviour in a child. This method involves immediately isolating the child in a boring place for a specific time whenever he or she misbehaves. The period will allow the child to calm down and reflect on their bad behaviours.

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Here is how to go about the technique:

Select a Time-Out Spot: The location should be a boring place where there is no distraction, such as a chair in the kitchen or in your hall corner. Also, do take care that the location is not:

Keep the time period for time-out shorter in order to avoid undermining your efforts if your child gets up before you signal that the time-out is over. Moreover, longer time-outs have no added benefit.

Too scary

Too closed or dark

A place where there is opportunity for fun, such as in front of TV

Decide the Time Period: Decide the time period you are going to keep your child in that spot; as a good rule of thumb, 1 minute per year of age is advised. However, let it not be more than 5 minutes.

Send your Child to Time Out: If your child is not going, you can even pick the child up and place him or her in the chair. However, do not lose your temper. If your child is refusing to sit in the chair, you can hold your child from behind to make him or her sit.

Set the Timer: The child must be told to be quiet and well-behaved till the period is over. Set a timer and tell your child that he needs to sit till the timer goes off. You can tell your child that time-out is for thinking, and to think and therefore he or she has to be quiet.

Release your Child after the Timer Rings: Release only when your child has performed a successful time-out. If you don’t have a timer, you can tell, “Time-out is over, you can get up now and resume your activities”. Do not discuss the bad behaviour again after your child has served the time.

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