Toddlers and Time Out

A few ideas on fine art of disciplining a toddler.

Time Out

Let’s face it, there are times when young children misbehave to the point that their actions may require a consequence that helps them calm down and perhaps even think about their behaviour. That’s where ‘time out’ can come in. Pediatrician and author of Canada’s Toddler Care Book, Dr. Jeremy Friedman, explains just how ‘time out’ works.

“Time out is a form of punishment that essentially is used to try to extinguish the behaviour, and what it really amounts to is taking your child and physically putting them in a place where there isn’t any positive reinforcement so there’s nothing particularly exciting or stimulating and is even a rather boring place, and putting them there for a period of time as a form of punishment, so to speak. But once it’s over, parents should give them some sort of affection and love, and basically moving on right away.”

The Parent Report’s expert guest is Dr. Jeremy Friedman, Head of Pediatric Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children and the author of Canada’s Toddler Care Book.

From the nationally syndicated radio show “The Parent Report”, hosted by Joanne Wilson and heard on more than 100 radio stations. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service

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