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

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

What Would You Do?

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.

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.

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.

Page last reviewed: November 5, 2019