3 Tips for Introducing Time-Outs

1. Location is Key: “A good time-out spot should be reasonably convenient and in a location where you can monitor it to make sure your child isn’t being hurt and that she stays,” says Dean Pearson, Ph.D.
This could be a stool, a mat, bottom step or any seat that is in a boring area and free from the distractions of other siblings, toys, television, or any object they could use to irritate you.

2. Timing a Time-Out: A timing strategy that works for most is one minute per year of your child’s age. So, a 2-year-old will spend 2 minutes in time-out, while a 4-year-old would get 4 minutes. If this timing strategy is not having a desired effect, increase by half the time (so a 4 year-old would get an extra two minutes, for a total of six). Keep track of time using your smartphone or kitchen timer. There is no limit to the number of time-outs you can use, but when your child realizes that the consequences are firm, the need for repeated time-outs will diminish.

3. Introduce the Spot: Don’t wait until your child misbehaves to surprise him with the time-out spot. When you are both in good moods, show your child the time-out spot and explain that this is a quiet space you will send him to if he does not behave or if he needs to cool down. List 3 to 5 examples of behaviors that result in time-out, such as hitting, biting, tantrum throwing, etc. Also let him know how long the time-out will last and that he can only get up when the timer rings.

Is Your Baby Now A Toddler?

Here are the 5 Signs :

1. Mobility
Your baby is now more mobile and with mobility comes bruises from all the falls and tumbles they take with their steps toward independence.
2. Communication
Baby is now babbling with greater diversity, making new sound combinations and intonations. You may also notice baby trying to imitate your speech, putting consonants and vowels together.
3. Surprising Behaviors
Your baby is now doing things like hiding your keys, phone, and remotes. Or refusing food, biting, and other behaviors you have never experienced with them before.
4. Whining
You will notice that your baby’s cry is now less frequent and more specific. Let’s not forget louder. Welcome to the world of whining!
5. More Assertive
Now that baby can move, they are able to get the things they want, but previously couldn’t get to. This makes them more assertive in claiming “mine”.