1. Is “time-out” or the “naughty stool” a good way to help my child reflect, so they learn from a mistake?
Jasmine: Honestly, I’m not sure. Time-outs work best on very young kids, like toddlers, as they do not like being away from their parents. Can a kid that young ‘reflect’ on bad behaviour during a time-out? Possibly not. But it does offer parent and child some quiet moments to calm down, and that helps. Your time-out location should be a quiet, boring, safe place. Place the ‘naughty stool’ there. Issue a minute of time-out for each year of age, so a three-year-old gets three minutes of time-out.