Parenting Guide

Parenting Guide

About Time-Outs

Don’t introduce time-outs too soon. Only introduce time-outs to very young children when necessary. Time-outs can create fear and anxiety in very young children, so you should always reinforce connection rather than separation.

Do not use time-outs to punish. A time-out should not be a punishment, but instead a time to pause. This is a time for your child to to slow down, breathe, and think about his actions.

Be clear and concise. Using as few words as possible, say something like, “No hitting. Hitting hurts. Time-out. This is a quiet time for you to calm down and think.”

Stay close to your child. Be able to monitor him closely during time-outs.

Keep time-outs short. Time-outs should be brief, usually lasting no more than five minutes.

Welcome your child back after he gains composure. Redirect him to a positive situation. “Hi Brandon! Glad you’re back. Now let’s play Lego™.”

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