Is timeout still useful?

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  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    Oct. 29, 2013 9:39 p.m.

    Too bad we got away from corporal punishment. When I was little, if you were smart, you only made a mistake about something once. Being told to go get your own willow stick for a rap on the rear gives you more than enough "time out" to think about what you did wrong, and then the sting of the willow reinforces the thought. Honestly, I never made the same mistake twice growing up. I back talked my mother ONCE. None of my timeout wussy friends mothers could say the same about their little darlings. Have I been a demon to be around as a father? No. I haven't had to be. Merely telling my kids about the willow tree and what it was like getting your own whooping stick, made enough of an impression on them. Sure, the kids have had to be corrected from time to time, but we never used a timeout, I could never wrap my head around friends who used them, their kids were always sitting in a corner. They always seemed to be a little more melancholy too. My kids have always been happy and full of energy. The willow!

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 5:05 p.m.

    I suppose time out is harsh if it accompanied by a sock in the eye, but certainly time out is less harsh than spanking or yelling at the child full throttle. Interestingly enough, I have heard of parents getting put in time out, and they tell me it has saved them from doing something even more stupid.