Every first and third Friday, we chat with psychologist Dr. Suzanne Gelb, about keiki & the ohana. Today’s Keiki Talk topic is: Healthy Time-Out Strategies. Dr. Gelb says time outs are chances for children to think about and change their behavior.
To implement it effectively, make sure it’s age appropriate! For instance, she suggests a three minute time out for a seven year old. Put the child in a quiet area that you can monitor and explain the rules to them, so you know they understand.
Dr. Gelb says a time out is not appropriate to use when you’re angry, and that you should use it as last resort.