- Probing Question: Is time-out a good form of discipline for children? by Angela Spivey
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- Why Time-Out Is Out by Becky Batcha
My son is 22 months (almost 23 months!) and so far I haven't implemented any kind of formal discipline policy with him. I am very on top of positive reinforcement in terms of "good job buddy", hugs, head pats, smiles & eye contact when he does something that pleases me or follows direction. As much as I hate to admit it, sometimes in the heat of the moment I do spank him (never very hard - he mostly just looks at me like "what was that for?") - usually this occurs when he does something he's been told "no" on several times before, he's endangering his physical safety (i.e. running into the street) or he's made a huge mess (spilled shampoo all over the floor). Usually afterwards, I immediately feel guilty, hug him and explain "no hunny, shampoo stays in the bottle, it doesn't go on the floor" or something like that.
After reading these articles, I think I'm going to give time-out a try. If you have any suggestions about how to introduce time-out, please let me know. Obviously since he's only almost 2, it will be a very short timeout, but I'm hoping that over time these time outs will reinforce positive behavior. I'll keep you updated on how it's going and I hope these resources help you as well. Do you have any tips on how to reinforce positive behavior and discourage negative behavior?