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Are "Time outs" effective in disciplining a child?

ANGEL 2012/05/26 18:47:17
Are "Time outs" effective in disciplining a child? What has been most successful for you when disciplining yours?







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  • Cantus_bird 2012/06/01 13:21:41
    Cantus_bird
    "Time Outs" were effective for me when the kids were small and for the ones who were more hardheaded i would actually sit there with them in time out. You actually have to have good times with them as well so they have a balance of good interaction with mom and discipline as well. It definitely gets more complicated the older they get ...
  • Jim in SC 2012/05/28 04:14:50
    Jim in SC
    Time outs can be an effective tool for younger children. As kids get older, the concept can be applied in various forms of grounding, depending on the behavior.

    Of course, no discipline tool will work if it is separated from basic moral/life instruction. Whenever we discipline one of our kids for whatever reason, we make sure to have a dialogue so that child knows why the behavior needs correcting. We're trying to capture our children's hearts, not just modify their behavior.
  • Lonely girl 2012/05/27 09:23:23
    Lonely girl
    It depends on the child but in general I would say no.
  • CAPISCE 2012/05/27 02:06:24
    CAPISCE
    NO! Don't be fooled
  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2012/05/27 01:22:00
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    Yes
  • XXrawwwrXX 2012/05/27 00:33:40
    XXrawwwrXX
    it works for my children. i explain what they did to them, and why they shouldnt do it, then if they do it again, they go to time out.
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/05/26 23:32:06
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    I think being isolated is one of the most effective "heads up" for a child. And it breaks any incipient emotional scene.

    My daughter would always give hugs though -- and explain that extra time was being added to make up for the "time out of time out." My grandchildren are TERRIFIC kids.
  • susan BN-0 2012/05/26 22:08:26
    susan BN-0
    It worked on me when I was a kid.
  • ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠ 2012/05/26 21:08:15
    ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠
    HA, no.
  • rand 2012/05/26 21:03:17
    rand
    +1
    Yes, research has shown after the age of 2 or 3, depending on the child and your capacity for restraint, you should use about one minute of time out per year of age. There's an upper limit in age as well. My wife can't get it to work on me.
  • jubil8 ... rand 2012/05/26 23:29:26
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +1
    Maybe you need 2 minutes/year. :)
  • ★misfit★ 2012/05/26 20:48:11
    ★misfit★
    +1
    Yes, at least more so than spanking. Every kid is different, but time out is a classic that seems to be recommended by most experts.
  • mike ★misfit★ 2012/05/26 21:15:17
    mike
    nowadays if you spank a child they call it child abuse
  • ★misfit★ mike 2012/05/26 21:19:49
    ★misfit★
    Well it's not abuse if it's not too harsh, but I don't think it's necessary either.
  • holly go lightly 2012/05/26 19:58:42
    holly go lightly
    +1
    Room is not clean? etc.NO MORK & MINDY!That worked until they were almost in middle school.
  • Andy Fl... holly g... 2012/05/26 22:10:28
    Andy Fletcher
    I think my response to that would have been along the lines "Oh Thank God!" rofl
  • holly g... Andy Fl... 2012/05/27 02:04:57
    holly go lightly
    +1
    The programing obviously changed but the trade off lasted for quite a few years.My response was " OH THANK GOD".
  • Chris- Demon of the PHAET 2012/05/26 19:57:38
    Chris- Demon of the PHAET
    I watch my niece and nephew every day and it works for me when we're at home.
    In public if they're acting up I remove them from the situation. No counting, no threats, just get them out of there.
  • KarenInKenoshaWisconsin 2012/05/26 19:12:09
    KarenInKenoshaWisconsin
    It depends. Pointed, informative conversation and consequences that are not abusive but that fit the wrong, at an age appropriate level, are often far more effective. Sometimes time outs are quite effective. It depends.
  • Reggie☮ 2012/05/26 18:55:16
    Reggie☮
    I have seen it be very effective in some families and a complete waste of time in other families. Many times when I have been out, say at a sandwich/ice cream shop I have seen parents try to use the "time out threat". "If you don't behave you're going to get a time out when you get home". I don't think I've even seen a child who was receptive to that. The "time out threat" continues over and over and over again.
  • pdarkow 2012/05/26 18:53:31
    pdarkow
    Then can be a very effective discipline technique if used properly. It is just like grounding is an effictive punishment but it has to be followed through and be consistant. If all that fails then and then only would it be time to warm a bottom.
  • Harley Squiggles the God \(... 2012/05/26 18:51:55
    Harley Squiggles the God \(#o#)/
    Nope.
  • Pops 2012/05/26 18:49:55
    Pops
    +1
    It was effective with my kids.

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