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"Using Time-Out: What Would You Do?" Activity Scenario 2


Your child is in time-out, but she whines and yells the entire time.


Letter A

You tell her that she has to be quiet if she wants to get out of time-out.

If you talk to your child, she learns whining and yelling will get your attention during time-out. As long as she is safe, ignore her. Try a different choice.

Letter B

You tell her that she will get a treat if she stops whining.

If you say you will give her a treat, you teach your child whining and yelling during time-out gets your attention and rewards. When your child is in time-out, you should not talk to her. Try a different choice.

Letter C

You ignore the whining and yelling.

Yes! Your child is trying to get your attention. Let her blow off some steam. When she is quiet for at least 5 seconds, ask her if she is ready to come out.