Proper Time Out Procedures For Children

Time-out areas work for parents who are willing to follow through with the time-out procedures. If your child constantly does something inappropriate for his behavior, let him know that doing it again will result in being sent to the time-out area you have designated.

When your child gives in to this behavior again, explain to your child that they will have to go to the specified area for a time-out. Make sure you explain the bad behavior to your child so they are sure to understand what they have done is not acceptable. Then firmly tell them to go to the time-out area and lead them there if they are unwilling to go.

Set a timer for up to 5 minutes, usually, it works best if you go by 1 minute for every year of how old they are, but never more than 5 minutes. You will want them to have a fresh memory of why they are sitting there when it is time for them to get up.

Reset the timer if your child gets up before it goes off to the original time and let them know that they are starting from 0 again. If your child continues to get up, hold them in the chair and avoid talking to them or having any eye contact at all. Reset the timer after it goes off for the child who had to be restrained so that they may have the choice of sitting there on their own or being held to the chair again for the required amount of minutes. Also, reset the timer for children who won’t calm down or continues to talk after being told to be quiet.

When the timer goes off, and the child has spent the required amount of time in the time-out area, ask them why they were sitting there in the first place. If they can’t remember, remind them so they won’t do it again.

Soon after your child has gotten up from the time-out area, praise him for some of the good behavior he has shown. This will make the child want to get your good praises more often and most likely will make a better-behaved child out of them altogether.

By following the proper procedures for a time-out area in your home every time your child shows inappropriate behavior, you will let your child know that every time they behave that way, they will have to pay by sitting in the time-out area, and will remember not to act like that in the future.