The Trouble with Time-Outs and Safe Alternatives to Discipline

The discipline practice of time-outs, which involves separation between child and parent/caregiver, has become popular and is even recommended by pediatricians for dealing with problem behaviour. The issue is not that it works when it does, but why it works and what it costs children in the long term. According to Dr. Gordon Neufeld and based on developmental science, this prevailing discipline practice prevents or erodes healthy attachment with our children. We will present the risks of using time-outs and offer safe alternatives of discipline practices that promote attachment between the parent/caregiver and child and that are developmentally appropriate.