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Science-Based Parenting - Time Out for Kids - Correct Steps - Summary πŸ”—

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#1 Time In When Your Child Is Not In Time Out πŸ”—

A child’s regular environment (during time in) needs to be full of positive reinforcers, such as positive interactions, praise, physical affection, and interesting activities, to contrast with the time out area.

#2 Give One (And Only One) Warning & Follow-Through Immediately If Not Complied πŸ”—

Tell your child if they perform an undesired behavior, they’ll get a time out. Tell them this is the only warning.

#3 Be Consistent & Do Not Delay πŸ”—

Once a time out is initiated, the child cannot negotiate their way out or suddenly agree to behave to avoid it.

#4 Use A Boring Time Out Spot πŸ”—

The time out space should have very little social, sensory, material, toys or activity reinforcements.

#5 Brief Time Out Duration (2 to 5 Minutes) πŸ”—

Studies show that 2 to 5 minute timeouts are as effective as longer ones for older children.

#6 A Short Period Of Quiet And Calm Behavior Before Release πŸ”—

Make sure the child shows a short period of quiet and calm behavior before releasing them.

#7 Enforcement & Backup Consequences πŸ”—

If the child tries to escape the time out area, the parent must enforce a backup plan, such as returning the child to the area or taking away privileges.

#8 Original Command Reissued And Complied πŸ”—

Once the child is released from time out, the initial command must be reissued, and the child must meet to end the time out procedure.

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Updated on 2021 Dec 10.

DISCLAIMER: This is not professional advice. The ideas and opinions presented here are my own, not necessarily those of my employer.