Time outs take time to work. With some children they're a little harder to get to work than others. My son, for example, didn't take to them right away. He would laugh the whole time or try to get out of it. My daughter, on the other hand, will sit in time out with the saddest look on her face, but she stays there. However I didn't start time outs till they were almost 3. I feel that before that they really don't understand what they're for. It's durring the toddler years that children begin to understand right from wrong and that their actions have consequences (good or bad).
Praise your child's good actions. She will start to seek that reaction and attention.
at 10:14 PM on Jul. 5, 2008