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Senior Information Specialist, West Central Region
University of Missouri Cooperative Media Group
Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Diana Milne, 816-407-3490
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - Many parents and child-care providers use time-outs to guide and direct a misbehaving child. "A time-out can be effective with children, but it doesn't work equally well with all children and it doesn't work every time you use it," said Diana Milne, University of Missouri Extension human development specialist.
"Time-outs are most effective if implemented before a child's behavior gets totally out of control," Milne said. Used effectively, time-outs teach kids that there are consequences for their misbehavior without giving them the negative attention that comes with yelling or spanking.
Perhaps you've never used time-outs with children or you've tried this technique but haven't seen positive results. Consider these guidelines from the newsletter Work and Family Life:
The ultimate goal of discipline is for children to learn to handle their own emotions and behaviors in positive, responsible ways. Make sure your discipline techniques are realistic, age-appropriate and help children know what you expect. Remember to focus on telling children what they can do instead of reacting in anger and frustration to their misbehavior.
For more suggestions, see the MU Extension guide "Positive Discipline and Child Guidance" (GH6119) at http://extension.missouri.edu/xplor/hesguide/humanrel/gh6119.htm.
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