If you say it, mean it, and if you mean it follow through.
Kids know when you mean it and when you don’t.
If you say: “I will read a story at 8:00
if pajamas are on and teeth are
brushed,” and your kids aren’t ready
by 8:00. Lovingly point out the time
and put the kids to bed without reading.
Be encouraging by saying, “You can try again tomorrow.”
People do better when they feel better. Positive time-out helps us cool off and access our rational brains.
1) Create a time-out space with your children. Let them decide what it would look like and what is in it.
2) Let them give it a special name.
3) When they are upset ask, “Would it help to go to your “feel good” place?”
4) Model using positive time-out by going to your own feel good place when you are upset.