Choosing Timeout Locations for Grandchild.
Grandparents and Time-out:Choose your time-out location in advance of the time you needit. Remember that for the time-out penalty to be effective, it must be unpleasantfor your grandchild. Also, timeout does not work well after you have lost yourtemper and/or yelled at the child. You need to be calm yourself when administering atimeout.
Time-Out Location.A Discipline Series.
A restroom or even your car will work for a time-out location in a public place. Don’t leave your grandchild alone in a public place during the time-out period.
Remember that for the time-out penalty to be effective, it must be unpleasant for your grandchild. Also, timeout does not work well after you have lost your temper and/or yelled at the child. You need to be calm, cool , and collected yourself when administering a timeout.
Also keep in mind that you are not trying to frighten your grandchild into submission. You are trying to:
- Put an immediate halt to an inappropriate behavior.
- Take away something (freedom and attention) that your child wants.
Choose your time-out location in advance of the time you need it. When a grandchild is misbehaving, you want to be able to stop the behavior immediately, not make a decision about where to send the child.
1. Choose a location where you can send your grandchild every time you must invoke time-out.
2. Choose a boring spot away from all action and any attention from other family members.
3. Choose a location that can be reached quickly.
Try not to use the following places:
Basements or dark closets: These places are too scary to be used for timeout.
Kitchens or bathrooms: Too many potentially dangerous objects in these areas, such as knives, poisons, hot water, etc.
The child’s bedroom: It’s never a good idea to reinforce the idea that there is something bad about the bedroom. You also don’t want to associate punishment with a place your grandchild sleeps at your home.
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When visiting others, use a porch, a hallway, or the back yard.
A restroom or even your car will work in a public place.
Don’t leave your grandchild alone in a public place. Although you’ll still ignore him and withhold your attention, keep him well in sight.
If your grandchild suffers from separation anxiety when you leave her, use a time-out spot that is not isolated from you. Again, you are not trying to scare your child, only provide him/her with a place to get unacceptable behavior under control.
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