- Time out means “quiet and still” time, so the time out ends when the toddler is quiet and still.
- Time out should be used if your toddler’s tantrum involves hitting, kicking, biting, or spitting.
- Time in is when your toddler is the center of your attention, and should be used as a reward for good behavior.
Meltdowns and tantrums are a great place to start disciplining your toddler, but remember that discipline is about teaching. When your child is 1 year old, their emotions get very strong for a while. When a tantrum starts, you can try to distract your child or ignore it, but you should think about using a time out if your toddler is hitting, kicking, or spitting. A time out is meant to be quiet and still, so it can end once your toddler becomes quiet and still. Time out is a great way to teach your child how to calm themself. Time in should be used to reward the behavior you want your child to do; it is when your toddler is the center of your attention. You are still the most important person in your toddler’s life, and they love getting one-on-one attention from you.
To find more information, check out:
American Academy of Pediatrics. (2015).Time-Outs 101. Healthychildren.org. Retrieved from Time Outs 101
American Academy of Pediatrics. (2015). Disciplining Your Child. Healthychildren.org. Retrieved from Disciplining Your Child
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