Time Out Technique for Children

Discipline is a very important component of successful parenting. Children need and crave boundaries and loving parents who are in charge. I learned this technique style from Joe Frost. When talking to children for this technique, remember to always get down to their level and have them look you in the face.

  1. When you see a child doing something wrong, ask them to stop. And maybe refocus them on something else.
  2. If the child does not listen give them a WARNING. “Do you understand me?”
  3. If the child still does not listen put them on a time-out-bench, time-out-step, time- out-spot, etc or put older children into the reflection room. Always explain why you put them there.
  4. Walk away. Time out time = 1 minute per age. ex. 3 years get 3 minutes. 8 Years get 8 minutes.
  5. When you come back again repeat why you put them in time out. Ask them to apologize and say sorry. “I want you to look at me and say sorry.”
  6. Hugs and kisses. The situation is resolved for the time being, do not hold on to grudges.


  1. Ask for the behavior to stop
  2. Give them warning
  3. Time out with explanation
  4. Walk away (mins)
  5. Come back, repeat explanation. Get an apology.
  6. Hugs and Kisses

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