A timeout, like many discipline device, is intended to change the actions of your child. Timeouts are extremely successful when used properly to ensure success. Time out is considered a negative punishment which means a desired stimulus/item is removed after an unwanted behavior is shown, resulting in the behavior being seen less in the future.
Using time outs are often misused. Many of us, including myself thought it was just sending the children to sit in the corner or somewhere alone, isolating them from everything and anyone else. The article that I have listed above, explains how time outs can turn out to be beneficial when used the right way. "Attention feeds behavior. So, to stop the behavior, create a brief break in all types of attention – demands, threats, explanations, rewards, hugs – everything".
listed below are ways time out sessions can be beneficial and help eliminate the unwanted behavior:
- Done in isolation
- Administered calmly
- Administered without repeated warnings
- Praised when completed
- Followed by a return to the task that was interrupted by misbehavior and timeout