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Time out

 

time out

When our first child learned to climb and stand on our coffee table, we knew we had to begin discipline. She would crawl over to the coffee table and put one knee up. We would call her name and say “no”. She would look at us, smile and then proceed to climb on the coffee table. She clearly heard us and she was clearly disobeying.

Maggie and I worked as a team and were able to break this dangerous habit and teach her the “concept of discipline”. The next time she crawled over the coffee table, we said “no”, she smiled and continued to climb, we calmly said “time out” picked her up and placed her in a play pen with no toys. In a few days she understood "time out" and that climbing on the coffee table was not allowed.

A couple notes:
1.) Have a plan, it will help you stay calm.
2.) When you say “no” say it clearly and only once but do not yell (not unless you want to yell for the next 18 years).
3.)When we pick up our toddlers to put them in time out we pick them up with the child faced away from us (so that you are looking at their back). We only used this unique hold only when putting our kids in timeout. It helps link the child’s poor behavior with their discipline.
4.) He should not be able to get out of “time out”.
5.) While he is in “time out” you should completely ignore him. I often find parents that talk to their children or bring them toys while their kids are in “time out”. We want him to be upset (not like it) and you need time to calm down.
6.) You should put a toddler in time out long enough for them to stop crying for a couple minutes. As children get older you can use the one minute per year of age rule.
7.) All of his caretakers need to be onboard with the plan and be consistent.
8.) When you are out of the house and he misbehaves use his stroller or car seat as his “time out” place.

All Discipline

FOX 35 News Orlando

 

Written January 2011 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

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