When Time-Outs Don’t Work

p_FAN2029215In my family, time-outs work so well that my 4-year-old recently told my 6-year-old to take a time-out for hitting — and he did. I’m lucky, I know. Not everyone finds this
discipline tactic so tried-and-true.

“For some children, time-outs are a joke,” says Larry Koenig, Ph.D., author of Smart Discipline: Fast, Lasting Solutions for Your Peace of Mind and Your Child’s Self-Esteem. “They either won’t stay put, or they get into a power struggle with their parents, or they couldn’t care less about having to sit in a chair for ten minutes. In cases like that, the time-out doesn’t modify misbehavior one bit.” Continue reading