Some parents use the “timeout” method with their young kids because it reduces the amount of attention they receive for misbehaving, while still dealing with the undesirable act itself.
This technique is exactly what its name suggests – you remove your child from where he misbehaved and place him in a quiet area away from all attention.
It can be used for a whole range of demeanours, mild or severe.
Stay with your tot
If you leave him alone, you are giving him solitary confinement, not a timeout.
Your loss of temper won’t help him gain control over his rage. Be firm but calm, so that you provide a model of control he can copy.
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Talk to him as little as possible
You don’t want the timeout to become simply another way to get your attention, so keep conversation to a minimum.
Pick a quiet area
The place must be free of distractions. There is no point in removing him from, say, his bedroom into the living room where his grandparents are watching the TV.
Set a time limit and stick to it
Timeouts should last, at most, for a few minutes – regardless of whether or not your tot has calmed down at the end of the period.
Repeat as often as you think is necessary
Be prepared to do this again on another occasion if necessary. For some children, the effect of a timeout is cumulative rather than instant.
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