Should I use Time-outs?

Your little bundle of joy is now a toddler. A complex, emotional tot. When it comes to Tantrums, at this age it's best to just ignore the tantrum and give your toddler an activity. At this age they can become easily bored and frustrated.. As they grow older, they will understand boundaries and time limits.

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    02/24/16
    My husband and I use time outs for our son when he does something he knows he is not supposed to do. We make the time out fit the crime, so to speak. He usually gets put in time out if we both tell him no a couple of times or else gets into stuff in the kitchen. His time outs last less than a minute right now. We increase the time by 5 seconds for every time he does not listen.
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      02/24/16
      3Haley Wellman
      My son is a year and a half and I will give him a time out- I will tell him nicely and keep walking him away from something (Plugs for example) and if he keeps doing it then I walk him over to a little chair, kneel down and tell him he's having a time out and count to 30 sec with him. It usually diverts his attention for a little while at least. He is one energetic little boy though so he has me always going, and it is hard because I know that consistency is key to teaching and sometimes it is so hard. Especially with a five month old too :)
      I personally believe that time-out works (For almost ALL ages), but while using a calm voice. Yelling, even though sometimes it is hard not to raise the voice after quite a few times asking or saying the same thing- should not be used. They are learning after-all :) Just my thoughts.
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        03/01/16
        I am struggling with this one, she is strong-willed and try's to get into everything if I am not physically following her around the house. While I do believe in baby proofing, I do not think that is it necessary to baby proof everything in your house, they need to learn right from wrong and what not to touch or go near. Just this morning, she managed to tip the highchair over on herself, not really sure how as they are angled and designed to stay up......ugh.
        Anyway, I am finding myself yelling at her because of this and I feel bad when I do because she is still learning these concepts. I am thinking it is time to start with timeouts with her.
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        03/07/16
        3Haley Wellman
        It is hard. My 18 mo. old son was trying to stick his toothbrush down my 6 month old's mouth this morning while I was making breakfast! I politely took it away and then told him that she is too little. I went back around the corner and she starts crying because he pinched her arm. I felt so bad because I yelled. 'Enough!' And before I said anything else I just picked him up and took him to the wall and said- time out. We do not pinch, and sat down and counted to 30 sec. After that I took him over to say sorry. It is so exhausting but I know I have to be consistent. Like yours, my son is so extremely energetic and into everything. It is hard to not yell sometimes. :) I try really hard to not make it a habit. My problem is with the timing of time-out. Do you think 30 sec is just right or maybe too little, or not enough? I heard that it is a minute for every year of their age. But I know he won't sit towards the wall for a full minute. lol
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          04/22/16
          Melissa Middleton
          At this point, no. But, that is because he doesn't understand the concept yet. To me, he is emotionally immature. Now, if he is taking a toy and hitting his sisters with it, I take it away and tell him, "We do not hit in this house. Hitting isn't nice." Once the few toys were taken away, I have not seen him use a toy to smack his sisters with (yet). I do believe in time-outs for older kids or kids who are emotionally mature enough. It gives the child a chance to recollect themselves or "cool down" and think about what they've done and then talking about it and what they should do next time instead. Everyone parents differently. And, each child reacts differently, too.
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          I am a stay at home mommy & wife and I love it! I am married to a wonderful man. We have a beautiful baby girl named Autumn Lily. She is a blessing to us everyday! I love meeting new moms and sharing parenting advice.