When Time-Out is Finished
So, now that you’ve effectively been using time-out, what do you do when the time is up?
- After your child has been sitting quietly, the timer will sound. Don’t just let your child get down. Go to your child.
- Ask, “Are you ready to obey?” If your child answers yes, then have him or her complete the task you originally asked him or her to do . . . and a second task.
- After your child obeys, respond with praise. “I like it when you obey, Mommy. Great job in picking up the car.”
- If the offense was against another person, direct your child to apologize.
- Shortly after a time-out, discover something your child is doing right and PRAISE your child.
Time-Outs Outside the Home
In the beginning it’s important to only do time-out inside the home. But after a while, when your child does time-outs consistently, you can attempt a time-out outside of the home. It’s recommended to carry a small towel with you that you can use for a time-out . . . even in a public place! Just pick a corner, put down the towel, and go through the same routine.
This only works for a child who has been consistent within the home, but I’ve used it and it does work!
Remember: Praise More than You Punish!
As with all negative behaviors, the best way to encourage good behavior is to praise it! I find that the more I praise positive behaviors, the more positive behaviors I see! It’s important to catch your child being good often, and you’ll find yourself doing time-out less and less!
Well, what do you think! I’d love for your to try it and let me know your thoughts!