I have seen that my friend is having tons of problems trying to discipline her child. I wish she could listen and not give in. She says that time out doesn't work. Is there a way I can tell her how time out really works and when will she notice the change?
You didn't mention the age of the child. A good rule of thumb is one minute for each year of age in time out. Make sure the child understands the rules before incidents happen. I always let them know the reason for a rule. We don't throw things, people may get hurt. Here is a nerf ball, you can throw this if you want. Let them know that they will be in time out if they do it again.Most of us know what behavior we need to watch. If behavior happens again place them in time out and tell them why. Set timer and ignore them, when timer goes off return and ask them what they did that was unacceptable and ask them what they can throw. They should apologize for behavior. If your child refuses to sit in timeout then put them in a room and close the door. Somechildren will immediately repeat the offense, go directly to time out. If they do it ten times then you continue to repeat your response so they know you will be consistent. Dependig on the child, you should see progress within a week or two, do not give up. This will be time consuming at first so don't try to start the week before Christmas. Remember you are the adult and they need to learn to respect authority figures, they are moving into a world of teachers, coaches and assistant teachers. They will have an advantage if they un derstand how things work and know there are consequences for behavior.
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