Time Out for Moms
While our experts agree that time-outs are not the most constructive discipline tool for kids, they are unanimous in thinking they are a great idea for moms. If you're feeling frazzled, make sure your child is someplace safe -- in her crib, playpen, or room -- and give yourself five or 10 minutes to leaf through a catalog, sip a cup of tea, or do some stretching or breathing exercises. "Self-care is so important because you can't make objective decisions if you're fried," cautions Philadelphia family therapist Jeffrey Bernstein, PhD. "If you're burnt out or overly stressed, you're not going to be able to discipline effectively."