Oh, Behave: Time-outs are not working

By Joe Rich on September 10, 2009
Q: I don’t think time-outs work, but my wife insists they do. She sends our son, 11, and our daughter, six, to their rooms. I think they just enjoy themselves in there and it’s not working. I suggested making them sit on our staircase for a while but she thinks that’s cruel. All I know, is her method is not working. Help! KENNETH J, HAMILTON, ON

Stop; you’re both right! Time-outs do work but only until a certain age. As with all discipline techniques, having a number of tricks up your parenting sleeve is a good idea. We often get stuck between our individual approaches to one idea and trying to build a repertoire of many strategies. A parenting course could be very helpful (and sometimes fun!) in giving lots of alternatives for this age and developmental stage and can get the parenting team back on track.

By Joe Rich| September 10, 2009

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