The "Time Out Spot" Debate
Do you believe in Time Out for kids?
We totally did it for both of our kids - although for them I think just the thought of saying they would perhaps be sent to time out was enough to snap them into shape. Just the act of getting in trouble sent my kids into hysterics and a totally tizzy - and still does even for my 6 year old!
We basically used a downstairs step as our "Time Out" Spot if bad behavior happened downstairs and when we were upstairs we actually used a little official "Time Out Spot" carpet mat that sat in the hallway at all times.
Isn't this carpet cute? Seriously it was effective with our children!
Just for the kids to see this official Time Out Spot was an incentive to behave as it would remind them of the times they sat in the time out spot crying when they didn't listen.
We started using Time Outs for both kids at about age 15 months but around age 3 we no longer needed to regularly give time out to the kids. Instead, if they were really in trouble we would make them leave the room and sit on the stairs or go up to their own bedrooms to "chill out" and think about their actions.
Challenges of Time Out - Some kids still won't even stay in the time out! Especially if they are 1 or 2 years old they might just run away. Luckily for us, the kids always respected this concept of Time Out and they took it really seriously.
I have no idea if it was our skill as Parents or literally pure luck that they listened given their tendency to "be good" and their fear of authority. They obviously misbehave at home like all kids, but I think they saw our Time Out principles method as a form of authority so they really responded to this versus us just talking to them about their actions.
What did you do to get your toddlers to listen and behave? Did you use a Time Out spot ?