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A parenting consultant told me that time outs are terrible and cause serious damage to the parent-child relationship. Is this true?

A parenting consultant told me that time outs are terrible and cause serious damage to the parent-child relationship.  Is this true?

No: The important thing to remember about " time out" is that you are giving the child a " time out' from your attention, one minute per year of age. Ignoring your chid is the key here, not putting the child in a particular "place" ...Read more

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Time Outs (Definition)

Time outs are a discipline technique to help a child learn that a behavior is unsafe or inappropriate. Time outs, if used, should be very brief -- about 1 minute - until the child ...Read more


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At what age are time outs effective?

At what age are time outs effective?

18mo to 2 yrs: Developmentally a child is ready to begin understanding the concept of time out between 18 months and 2 years. Make sure you use time outs immediately after the unwanted behavior happens, otherwise they are not effective. The length of the time out should be no more than the child's age in years. 2 yr old = 2 min time out. Sometimes it helps to set a timer to show the child how long it will be. ...Read more

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What should I read or do for terrible twos?

What should I read or do for terrible twos?

Read a book: Find one of the several child guidance books. Dr. Spock's is stgill available. ...Read more

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Is it normal that my daughter never experienced the “terrible twos”?

Is it normal that my daughter never experienced the “terrible twos”?

If you recognized : that learned behaviors start at 6 months, & selectively reinforced behaviors you wanted & ignored behaviors you didn't want by effective use of time-out from 18 months on, you'd have had a "Terrific Toddler", not a " Terrible Two". A typically-developing toddler tests limits, but may be temperamentally easy. At 4, she may show more desire for control of what she wears, eats & does. ...Read more

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What is the benefit of the terrible twos? My son missed them by 10 years

What is the benefit of the terrible twos? My son missed them by 10 years

I agree, the job of : 2-year-olds & teens is to strive for autonomy or independence. The parents' job is to set enough limits to guarantee the child's safety, health & development of age-appropriate prosocial & coping skills yet allow enough latitude for him to explore & learn to deal with his environment appropriately. Set rules & consequences, then follow through consistently without expressing anger. It's tough! ...Read more

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What are the terrible twos?

What are the terrible twos?

Behavior issues: Terrible twos start before two and they are related to the age group having strong impulse to touch and try everything. They listen to our "no" but do it anyway. As a parent it can be a very trying time. Be patient and persistent in your redirecting their activity. Keep their environment safe and they will need less redirection and therefore less trouble. ...Read more

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When do the terrible twos start?

When do the terrible twos start?

Depends: The twos don't have to be terrible- they are a time of incredible learning and development. But they are also a time when children begin testing their limits and rules. This begins at different ages with different children. Look at this time as a way to foster growth in your child. Set rules surrounding safety, but allow them the ability for creative play and lots of free time. ...Read more

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How do I make it through the terrible twos?

How do I make it through the terrible twos?

With patience: The two's are a blend of frustration and exploration for kids. They don't want you interfering but demand that you stay near to nurture & act as their servant. Lacking good communication means they use fits as a substitute for the cries that used to get them everything. When they fit, don't lock eyes & monitor from peripheral vision. Don't take it personal. Meditate. Get time away. It will pass. ...Read more

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At what age can I start giving my baby time outs?

At what age can I start giving my baby time outs?

18 months: Of course, that really depends. I've had a few of my patients who were able to understand the concept of time out at even 15 months. This depends on the developmental stage of the child. Most children will understand the concept around 18-24 months of age. Remember, time out will not last long; it's only about a minute per year of age. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Terrible Twos (Definition)

The terrible twos is a condition meaning a child (usually about 2 years old) is frequently being stubborn ...Read more