The Science Behind Time-Out: 7 Tips to Make it Work

Time-out versus Time-in: the controversy rages on

A growing chorus of voices has begun to question the effectiveness of time-out as a discipline tool.

Time-out critics argue that time-in, i.e., comforting your child to help him/her regulate emotions, is more effective in the long term. They assert that time-out is an “unnecessary evil” and serves to escalate misbehavior. Time-out, they say, does more harm than good.

I disagree.

Time-out is a highly effective behavior modification tool if used appropriately, and there’s plenty of research to back that up.

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