All About Time-Outs

Biggest Time-Out Mistakes

1. Employing time-out too late. In order for it to be effective, you need to notice the signs that your child is about to hit someone, raise his voice, throw his crayons, or whatever.

2. Thinking of time-out as punishment. It shouldn't be used as a consequence for bad behavior. For one thing, if you've done it correctly, it should have prevented your child from acting out.

3. Not having a Plan B. If you find that time-out doesn't work to nip bad behavior in the bud, or your child is constantly on the verge of falling apart, you need to think about the big picture. Some children need to be in your arms' reach at all times, so you're right there to intervene and redirect.

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