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Do time out really work?


Asked by Littleguysmommy at 12:46 PM on Feb. 2, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • They give ME time to regain composure, if needed!

    Answer by JZ10FPM at 4:21 PM on Feb. 2, 2011

  • The older they get they do. With my 18 month old it doesnt work.

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 12:47 PM on Feb. 2, 2011

  • It works. You stick to the same routine.

    Answer by sta517 at 12:50 PM on Feb. 2, 2011

  • Nope. Not unless it's used in conjunction with something else.

    Answer by NannyB. at 12:50 PM on Feb. 2, 2011

  • Yes, and no. Well, at least in my case. Sometimes I have to take something away, like a toy or privilege for my 5 year old to get that I mean business. Now with my almost 20 month old, if she's up to her biting/scratching/hitting/pinching, a minute in a chair by herself works.

    Answer by Nanixh at 12:53 PM on Feb. 2, 2011

  • Yes, if you're consistant, follow through, and don't back down. They'll test you by trying to get out of it, but if you stand your ground and continue on with the punishment properly they'll get it. That doesn't mean they'll stop whatever they're doing, because toddlers/children are explorers and are always testing bounderies. However, it does help them know what their bounderies are even if they choose at one time or another not to obey.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 2:39 PM on Feb. 2, 2011

  • My 3 year old it works with but not my two year old =)

    Comment by Littleguysmommy (original poster) at 12:48 PM on Feb. 2, 2011

  • Yes.

    Answer by tootoobusy at 12:51 PM on Feb. 2, 2011

  • yes, with consistency and proper use. I use time out for when the behavior cannot be re-directed on their own. And i've used it as young as 9 months (to get them in the "habit" of learning what it is). I start with a warning ("no throwing toys"), followed by a count down (1, 2...5) so they can think about it they want to continue with their behavior, and i if get to 5 it's a time out. After time out we discuss what is expected/the rules, and the next consequence (if you choose to throw a toy again, that toy will be taken away). I rarely ever get to 3 as the kids get older! They learn to think about it and re-direct themselves. Time out is reflection time to get them to make better choices. IMO

    Answer by boobarandbell at 2:39 PM on Feb. 2, 2011

  • Nope. Not unless it's used in conjunction with something else.

    This!!! I have yet to see a time out work on ANY child!!

    Answer by Bethsunshine at 3:02 PM on Feb. 2, 2011