Timeout defined: Grandchildren benefit from time-out.
Grandchildren will benefit from time-out as a form ofdiscipline. Time-out is a loss-of-privilege discipline. Time-outs must be consistently tobe effective. When time-out is used for discipline, it is brief andless emotional and abusive than other forms of discipline.
Time-Out Defined. A Discipline Series
Time-out serves as a penalty because it involves loss of privilege. It takes thegrandchild away from the action and attention rather than the action or attention away from the child.Time-out is a loss-of-privilege penalty that is effective because it immediately stops disruptive behavior.
If this excellent form of discipline appeals to you, get the whole story by buying the publication. Phelan’s book, 1-2-3 Magic, Training Your Child to Do What You Want. In addition to very thorough coverage of his counting method for time-out, Phelan also includes a section for teachers, a section for more serious stop-behaviors, such as lying, stealing, or playing with fire, and a section for start-behavior tactics.
This book is a must-read for parents and grandparents of children aged two up to early teens.
If your grandchild is nearing the teen years, you might want to invest in another good book by Thomas Phelan, Surviving Your Adolescents. Phelan has also written about self-esteem in children and dealing with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD). His combined knowledge allows him great insight into teens. In the book on adolescence, Dr. Phelan gives a step-by-step approach that helps end hassles while allowing parents and children to keep their self-respect. This book abounds with concrete solutions to life with a teen-ager.
It is also available in cassette for those of us who need to save time.
Large Play Mats roll-up for storage between grandkids’ visits.