3. Explain What You Want Them to Think about and Why

Part of making sure that time-outs work with your children is explaining why they are in trouble. Sometimes we take for granted that our children already know this but it is important to explain where they went wrong

. Tell them clearly the reason they are going to have a time-out. It is also a good idea to tell them that you want them to think about why their choice was wrong while they are in time-out. Tell them you want them to think about what they should have done instead.

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