Put him back, put him back, put him back, put him back, put him back......
Actually, it works better if you put them in time out until they are ready to acknowledge what they did wrong, they are ready to do what they were told to do or whatever is necessary to remedy the situation.
The guy who came up with the "minute per year" rule only made it up because parents wanted a time limit. There is no rhyme or reason to it. Time outs work better if there are consequences to the time out instead of the immediate reward of being let out at the end of a few minutes (per our psychologist) They can get out of time out when they are ready to go put the toys away, when they are ready to demonstrate the RIGHT way to close a door (not slamming), to show how one correctly gets off a couch (not jumping).....
Believe me, it works MUCH better!
at 7:35 PM on Aug. 20, 2009