It’s been one of those afternoons. Your child has been acting out over and over again.
You have asked nicely for him to do better. You have issued a warning, and used your best “I mean it” kind of voice.
Hoping your message got through, you get back to what you were trying to accomplish when you hear “Hey that’s MY toy. Give it back!”
Frustration levels reach high alert.
You walk in just in time to see one child grabbing a toy away and the toddler now starting to cry.
That’s it. You’re done. It’s time for a time out.
You set a timer, place your child on a chair and walk away to console the little one. Five minutes later the two are back to fighting again.
Why didn’t the Time Out make a difference?
Even though you gave your child a time out as a chance to cool down, things didn’t get better at all.
Your child is now half crying and half yelling. Not only is he mad at the baby, but he is now also mad at you! And is absolutely not willing to follow any of your requests.
Let’s talk about why time out failed…