If properly used and not abused, giving a child a time-out can be a useful tool to help them learn good behavior. There are different school of thoughts on whether or not to discipline children and nobody is right or wrong, do what’s best for your family. This article is for parent who want to explore the use of time-out as a disciplinary measure.
3 common time-out mistakes you could be making.
1. Over Using Them
Time-out should be used as a ‘Let’s stop things from getting worse’ strategy,” not a ‘punishment’. If you always send your child to the corner of the room every time she does something wrong, it won’t work. She’ll get so used to it and not be sober. Only use time-out when your child’s activity or tantrum possess a threat or danger to him or anyone around him.
2. Giving them attention during time-out
A lot of us make this mistake. We either allow them play with toys or pay them attention during time-out. Lack of parental attention for a short period of time lets a child see what his behavior can cost him.
3. Using them for the wrong reasons
Don’t send your child to the naughty chair or corner for every little deed. Make sure the offense deserves a time-out. Also, give a clear warning before declaring a time-out, set a timer and call it off as soon as the timer goes off.
Also read: Discipline Methods for Newborns & Toddlers
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