Time Out tips
- Before you begin – and at a time when she’s not in trouble - explain what Time Out is, how it works, where it is and when you’ll use it. Make sure that she understands that you will use Time Out when she needs to think about her behaviour.
- Try not to use her bedroom as her spot for Time Out – not only will there most likely be fun toys for her to play with in there, but if you send her to her bedroom as punishment, she may begin to view spending any time in there at all as punishment.
- Practice doing a Time Out – set the timer and ask her to sit there for the duration. This way she’ll understand that Time Out is just boring.
- Only use Time Out for serious misbehaviour. Try to deal with small crimes with an I-mean-business face and voice.
- Make sure that your child understands that Time Out is non-negotiable. If she won’t go under her own steam then calmly pick her up and carry her.
- If she doesn’t stay in Time Out for the allotted time, take her back and reset the timer. Don’t talk to her or get angry – you need her to understand that you will persist with Time out until she has done her time there. If she calls out or tries to get your attention while she’s in Time out, try to ignore her. If you engage with her while she’s in Time Out, then she hasn’t really experienced a Time Out at all.
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