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Old 02-27-11, 04:56 PM   #1
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I'm bored - kids in timeout

Kidos here mis-behaved so they got timeout. Both of them to their rooms, no games, no TV.

Now I'm bored/sad/depressed/lonely and I have nobody to play with. sometimes parenting sucks.
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Old 02-27-11, 04:58 PM   #2
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How long can the timeout last ?

When it is over take the kids outside to kick around with you for some quality time away from the tele.

Always remind yourself that you are not your child's friend and that discipline is important so that later on down the road your children will be the kind of people you would like to be friends with.
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Old 02-27-11, 05:00 PM   #3
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How long can the timeout last ?

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30 minutes to go...
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Are your kids 30 ?

Rule of thumb is one minute per year of age.
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Are your kids 30 ?

Rule of thumb is one minute per year of age.
+ ... 6 or 9
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Old 02-27-11, 06:24 PM   #6
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30 minutes? Try modeling patience for them.
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Oh, I don't know about that.. 30 minutes - or an hour - is enough time for a kid to either think about why they're on time out, or to find something else to do. Of course, I survived the younger years, and now that my kids are 27 and 19, there is no time out left - we just have to shake our heads & wonder why they failed to realize that the real world is not as forgiving as their parents........(oh, just plain stupid stuff, nothing serious)
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My parents used to set a clock on top of a TV that was off. I had to sit there an hour looking at a clock tick as well as a blank TV.

I don't know which was worse.
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Ruben, I am sure you know this, but simple sending to room without working on the real issue, the heart issue that caused the behaviour is just a punishment of convenience. You have to change the inside to change the outside. Not saying time out or go to your room or whatever is not appropriate, it just cannot be the only thing that is done.

The wife and I try to come up with innovative ways of disciplining that reinforces the good behaviour and attitude that we think is important and does not just punish the child by sending him away for a set period of time. For one instance it might be writing, for another, it might be another chore, or it may be as simple as approaching the person they wronged, explaining why what they did was wrong and asking for foregiveness.

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When the time out is over, what do you use to get the duct tape residue off their cheeks?
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Mine is older but I have him write an essay why he's in trouble - if he agrees with it or not (and why) and if he can state why I think what he did was not acceptable as well as the consequences of his actions (me worrying and looking for him, for example) . (In one case, why he didn't call to tell me that he arrived when he drove alone to his friends house in the car for the first time the day after getting his license)
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Are your kids 30 ?

Rule of thumb is one minute per year of age.
4yo will get away with everything with 4m timeouts...

I like Siu's essay idea... forced written confession... brilliant!
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boy am i glad I'm single and childless.
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