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Parents often give kids time-out the wrong way

December 1, 2016
in Kids

(Reuters Health) - - Most parents who use time-outs to discipline their kids don't do it in ways that can encourage better behavior, a recent U.S. study suggests. More than three in four parents reported using time-out in response to misbehavior, the study found. But 85 percent of the parents using the technique made common mistakes that can render time-outs ineffective, including giving kids too many warnings, talking to kids or letting them play with toys during their punishment. "The biggest mistake in my clinical experience is that parents do too much talking, and that was true in the study, too," said lead study author Andrew Riley of Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. "If parents are talking to their kids during time-out, it’s not boring enough and might not work very well," Riley added. "Explanations are fine, but should wait until the time-out is over." Spanking and hitting children to discipline them has become much less common in recent decades as more parents choose non-physical approaches like time-outs instead. A recent U.S. study suggests that only around 21 percent of mothers think physical discipline is appropriate, and 81 percent endorse time-outs as an alternative. Effective time-outs...

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