As with so many questions regarding kids and discipline, there is no sure-fire answer to this question. Experts on both sides of the debate agree that time out does work for some kids and doesn’t work for others. And some parents are great at implementing it, and others are not. What experts do agree on is that it can be a good tool in a parent’s discipline toolkit, if done correctly.
When a child is misbehaving, most parents and experts would agree that removing the child from the situation is a good idea. It allows the misbehaving child a chance to calm down and redirect and allows the other children a chance to continue their activity without distraction. It also allows the parent or caregiver a chance to explain to the offending child what he or she was doing wrong and the expected appropriate behavior.
Here are the key ways to ensure time-out works according to proponents:
Those who disagree with the use of time-outs have strong arguments as well. They point out that the tactic is often used inconsistently and is therefore ineffective; they also note that toddlers often have no idea why they have been placed in a time-out. They argue that if the child has no idea why the punishment was given, that the punishment doesn’t serve any purpose. The main evidence that the child does not understand the punishment is that when most children return from the time away, they repeat the same offense.
Reasons Not To Use Time-Out
No matter where a parent stands on the use of time-outs, one thing is clear: If a child is ruining an event for others or doing something that could cause harm to the child or others, removing the child is the only answer.
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