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TIME-OUTS: ARE THEY IN OR OUT?

Season #1 Episode #76

 

“Time-outs use your relationship as something that can be given and then taken away; it makes your relationship with your child conditional.”

Time-outs are a widely utilized parenting technique. A time-out is a punitive consequence used to “teach a lesson” to a child. While this technique is popular and recommended by many professionals, there is evidence that time-outs do much harm and very little good for the parent-child relationship. That’s why in this episode of The 3D Parent Podcast, I will share why time-outs are problematic and suggest ways to discipline without using time-outs.

Points we will discuss include:

  • Why time-outs are so widely used
  • How time-outs can strain the parent-child relationship
  • Alternative strategies to using time-outs

Discipline choices either contribute or detract from the conditions which are optimal for growth, maturation, and the development of self-control. You cannot force maturity through time-outs. In fact, you may even stall true maturation and make it more difficult to have the power to influence your child through your deep connection. 

Perhaps it is the time-out itself which needs a time-out! I hope that you will think twice before giving a time-out and try a connecting strategy instead.

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EPISODE RESOURCES:

The Trouble with Time-outs article by Deborah Macnamara