Science-Based Parenting - Time Out for Kids - Correct Steps - Summary

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#1 Time In When Your Child Is Not In Time Out

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

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

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

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

#5 Brief Time Out Duration (2 to 5 Minutes)

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

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

#7 Enforcement & Backup Consequences

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

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.

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