Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Time Out Strategy (Chapter 9)

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:
  1. Brief
  2. Immediate
  3. Done in isolation
  4. Administered calmly
  5. Administered without repeated warnings
  6. Praised when completed
  7. Followed by a return to the task that was interrupted by misbehavior and timeout

Time Out for Children - How to use Time-Out, 1 of 3 (SOS Programs ...Timeout | Learned Happiness


  1. As a brother type figure to my 4 younger cousins, time-outs are essential for children to learn from their mistakes. It takes away fear of being continuously yelled at as another practice, and helps the child to focus on nothing but the mistake that they made, which put them in the position of time-out. They focus on knowing that they are missing the fun they once had and can really discipline a child to not continue to make the mistakes they may have previously made.

  2. Your post is very informative. Being an aunt to a niece and nephew, doing timeout correctly can be challenging. Children are great at finding loopholes that will free them from timeout. Timeout should not be used as a form of punishment or a way to threaten, embarrass or frighten children. When timeout is overused it becomes ineffective. Having clear rules that are clearly understood can be beneficial.