Health Tip: Timeouts for Toddlers
- While it's important to correct a young child who has done wrong, it's just as important to do it safely and correctly.
The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions:
- When you catch the child doing something wrong or potentially dangerous, calmly but firmly tell the child "no."
- Either remove the object, or remove the child from the area.
- If your child is behaving badly or throwing a temper tantrum, put him or her in "timeout."
- Make "timeout" a stair, a corner or a chair, and don't keep the child there for longer than a couple of minutes. Longer timeouts aren't effective, especially for toddlers.
- Don't punish your child physically. Never slap, hit or spank the child at any age. They can't make the association between behavior and physical punishment.
- Set a good example for your child, who will learn good behaviors by watching you.
Posted: February 2008