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Is it okay to put 21/2 yr old in corner for two to five mins to show them they cant mess with things that are inportant

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Asked by hannalee214 at 12:04 PM on Feb. 11, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • yes!

    Answer by dancer at 12:04 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

  • Yup

    Answer by Misteh at 12:05 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

  • Yes! 1 minute per year of age. It's best to start early.

    Answer by SWEETPEAS3MOM at 12:06 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

  • At 2, I started putting her in 1 minute for every year of age, BUT that time started once she was calm and quiet so she could be there for 10 minutes.
    It made life easier as she got older.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 12:07 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

  • One minute time-out per year of age is 2 1/2 minutes. Five is overkill.

    Answer by CraftingMama at 12:07 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

  • I agree with Crafting!

    Answer by older at 12:10 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

  • It's good to pick an area that will become the time-out chair or Naughty chair something like that and then put them in for one minute per age like others said. It doesn't have to be a corner, but it's good to put your foot down when needed.

    Answer by Namaste17 at 12:11 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

  • I agree with a few minutes. At that age five is eternity. Get them used to it and an increase will work. Start the teaching early.

    Answer by chgomom at 12:13 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

  • Yeah 2-3 should be the max. But you also have to make sure you explain why they went into time out in the first place.

    You say "mess with things that are important"
    Do you mean is giving a 2 1/2 year old a time out for something they are blatantly disobeying or do you mean to just get them out of the way for a few minutes so you can do something that important....such as your child is being fine, just a little loud....and you want to put them in time out so you can make a phone call in quiet??? Something like that isn't okay and would only confuse the child into thinking "even when i'm good i'm bad, so I might as well be bad"

    Answer by Mom2Jack04 at 12:16 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

  • Yep, like others' have said one minute per year of age. And, corner, chair, spot, step doesn't really matter as long as you are consistent in your discipline and follow through. In my opinion kids NEED the consequences of behaviors, otherwise they turn into spoiled brats like Lindsay Lohan.

    Answer by Rosehawk at 12:19 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

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