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““Time Out” has become an icon for parenting, care-giving and supervising children. Most homes, daycares, church nurseries and other established places for children have an area designated for the often-used Time Out. Time Out is used for various “offenses.” In some homes and institutions, in fact, it’s used for most offenses. The standard protocol goes something like this: a child misbehaves, is removed from play and is required to sit in time out.
The prevailing “rule of thumb” is one minute for each year of age. Because Time Out was developed and is implemented as an alternative to spanking, it’s used primarily as a replacement punishment.
Although Time Out is not the worst discipline tool ever developed, it’s certainly not the most effective. There are other, more beneficial discipline tools.”