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How do time outs work as a discipline technique?

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Time outs are for when you know exactly what the child did wrong or when you need a break from their behavior. Set a time-out location ahead of time: a quiet, boring place -- not the bedroom (where they can play) or a dangerous place like a bathroom. About a minute of time out for each year of age is good.

This discipline technique can work when a child is old enough to understand the purpose of a time out, usually around age 2. They're good for younger kids, who see the separation from you as a deprivation.

From: Parents, Kids, and Discipline WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Parenting Corner Q&A: Discipline," "Parenting Corner Q&A: Disobedience."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Discipline."

National Mental Health Association: "Strengthening Families Fact Sheet: Effective Discipline Techniques for Parents: Alternatives to Spanking."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 5, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Parenting Corner Q&A: Discipline," "Parenting Corner Q&A: Disobedience."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Discipline."

National Mental Health Association: "Strengthening Families Fact Sheet: Effective Discipline Techniques for Parents: Alternatives to Spanking."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 5, 2017

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