My son is 20 months old and we recently started time outs with him. We have a spot in our living room where we put down an small towel so that he knows exactly where he has to sit for time out. If he's doing something he's not supposed to, I will tell him to stop and if he does it again he's going to time out. If he does it again, I tell him that he's going to time out and I tell him why.Â I carry him over to the time out spot. He usually cries and tries to get up, but it just keep putting him back. I try to keep him there for 1 minute (1 min per year of age). I try to get him to calm down a bit before I let him up. Once his time is up I tell him that he can get up, remind him what he's not supposed to do, and give him a hug. I thought he was too young for time out too, but once we started doing it I was surprised at how well it worked.Â Now I usually just have to say, "Do you want to go to time out?" and he stops.
at 1:32 PM on Jul. 10, 2009