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Disciplining Without Time-Outs

The Case Against Time-Outs

When it comes to child discipline, everyone has an opinion. From those who advocate spanking, to those who support positive reinforcement, even those without children seem to have something to say.

With both Supernanny Jo Frost and Dr. Phil supporting them, time-outs have become the popular go-to disciplinary method over the past decade. But Kimberley Clayton Blaine has an issue with that. In her new book The Go-To Mom’s Parents’ Guide to Emotion Coaching Young Children ($10), she argues that kids receiving time-outs often don't understand what they did wrong and what is happening. She likens the method to using a negative action to punish a negative action. Rather, she suggests sitting with a child until she calms down and then discussing better solutions for the future. What do you think?

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