My daughter laughs at time out..so we quit doing that. She is exploring her limits and the way you handle her (whether you give up after awhile if she is acting up, or if you say no and stick with it) she will know if you are serious or not. I always tell her what I want her to do in a calm voice and always give her a choice. If she is standing on the couch I say you can stand on the floor or you can sit on the couch. And it is up to her to make the right choice..which either are right. If she doesn't listen and do either option set her down. And don't give up. When my daughter is a little out of control I give her the option to go take a "breather" in her room. She is allowed to play and she can come out when she is happy and ready to be nice.
at 11:44 PM on Dec. 10, 2010