Time out

So many parents ask me about using time out as a sanction for negative behaviour.

There is a place for time out in your behaviour management technique repertoire, but it really should be used sparingly. Often it is over used, or not administered correctly. When this occurs, the timeout really is just pointless. The other common mistake parents make is a lack of consistency.

It takes a full commitment from you as a parent to follow through with the correct procedure of the time out, if you really want to see any positive outcomes in your child’s behaviour.

There are so many other things you can do to deal with negative behaviours before using a time out.

If you would like a copy of the correct procedure and steps to follow when administering a time out as a sanction for negative behaviour please email Chrissie at:


Want to learn more? Contact me about my upcoming 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching workshop for parents.


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About the Author

Chrissie Davies

Chrissie Davies is an educator, author, speaker, child advocate, parent and founder of Chaos to Calm Consultancy. With more than twenty years of experience achieving positive, game-changing results for countless families under her belt she is a sought after presenter. Offering a fresh approach to understanding and raising children in a modern world, Chrissie is particularly passionate about creating happier and safer home and classroom environments.

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