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I think that your assessment of Time out is very narrow and plays into the misconceptions about time out as solely for punishment when in fact Time out is time out from attention, a break to calm down and regroup. After the time out is when learning can occur as the child goes back to the problem event or situation and makes amends, repair and has an opportunity to practice a better way or make a different choice and to experience success and positive reinforcementfor the better choice, more appropriate behavior. Some children and parents cannot tolerate time outs and then a quiet time is a good alternative but again it should not be soley for the purpose of punishment but to be a teaching moment.
While I appreciate Dr. Elkind's comparison of time in and time out, I always return to Dr. Lilian Katz's statement several decades ago addressing a very large group of educators at an NAEYC annual conference. "Time-outs are psychologically damaging to children of all ages." The entire audience stood up and applauded. But years later I knew that the practice would not go away and I asked her for her advice when I saw her after a workshop. She seemed as mystified as I that teachers were still resorting to such weak and knee-jerk responses to needy children. How can parents know the damage if their child tells them "I got a time out today"? It must stop!