Use a Timer for Kids Time Out

Buy a $1 store timer and magnet it to the fridge for when your kids need a time out or a little time in the corner. My daughter sets it to 5 minutes, and if her 6 year old acts up, she'll sometimes get 5 more minutes. As a back-up plan, use your microwave timer; you can even heat yourself up a cup of tea, so you both get a little time-out!



April 24, 20090 found this helpful

My grandchildren learned negotiating skills before nap time. They were more receptive to resting if I let them set the timer. They knew that when it went off it was time to get up. Thankfully, sometimes they even slept thru the alarm!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 1, 20090 found this helpful

This is a fantastic idea. I teach this concept to parents also. The idea is that by getting your toddler to take ownership of something you get far less resistance. There are many situations where you can implement this.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
September 5, 20090 found this helpful

Its always good to keep track of the time when using this time out method. Many times, parents just simply leave their kids alone and forgot to get back to the issue. Having a timer can be a good reminder for parents not to keep the underlying issues in the "buffer zone" for too long :)

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

Parenting General ParentingApril 24, 2009
Bored Kid at a Restaurant
Keep Children Entertained When Eating Out
A safety pin with beads in a flag pattern.
Patriotic Craft Ideas For Kids (USA)
A photo of a girl making paper hearts.
Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids
Using a Water Heater Timer
Using a Water Heater Timer
Halloween Ideas!
Ask a Question
Share a Post
You are viewing the desktop version of this page: View Mobile Site
© 1997-2016 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published by . Page generated on October 25, 2016 at 1:51:22 PM on in 2 seconds. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of ThriftyFun's Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. If you have any problems or suggestions feel free to Contact Us.
Loading Something Awesome!