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Timeouts: Good for Adults, but Not for Kids

Most parents and caregivers know they shouldn’t hit kids. They’re also aware that emotional punishments—shaming, yelling, ridiculing—have unhappy unintended consequences. But the same adults often believe it’s okay to isolate kids when the adult doesn’t like the way the child is behaving. Adults Need Timeouts (for Themselves) We all get overwhelmed sometimes. That’s when we’re [...]

By |2017-09-29T14:11:22+11:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Trouble with Time-Out

Larissa Dann blog post May 2015Photo:Shutterstock Children and discipline - a perennial issue. Discipline (the verb) can mean either ‘to teach’, or ‘to control’ (Gordon, T. 1989).  If we use discipline to control children, then we rely on reward and punishment to change a child’s behaviour. This article questions the use of one of the most commonly used discipline (punishment) techniques - time-out. Many schools, childcare centres and parents rely on time-out to discipline children. What is time-out? Time-out [...]