Five Alternatives to Time Outs
We’ve all been there – tired, stressed and trying to do a million things and quite frankly we are just not in the mood for protests from our little ones! Sending a screaming child to a time out corner just doesn’t work! We have lost a sense of connection because isolation, punishment, and fear don’t work. Time outs don’t encourage our children to be compassionate and confident. Instead, take a deep breath and try the following:
- First, get a hold of your own emotions
- Talk it through
- Do something silly or funny
- Take a parent ‘time out’ – remove yourself from the situation, even just for a few minutes
- Connected with your child – give them your undivided attention.
These simple techniques may help you to reconnect to your child, lighten up stressful situations, and curb defiant behavior.