What to do if they won't STAY in time-out?

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2013
What to do if they won't STAY in time-out?
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Fri, 04-12-2013 - 1:07pm

I often babysit my 3 year old nephew. He's pretty well behaved for the most part but lately, I'm having problems with sending him to time out. Before, when I sent him, he would sit on his time-out stool- he'd cry but he'd stay until time-out was over. But lately, he just keeps getting back up anytime I have to put him in time out. He gets up, I put him back, he gets up again, I put him back. Rinse. Wash. Repeat. It's like it's a power struggle now and I don't know how to win!

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-24-2012
Thu, 04-18-2013 - 12:37pm

One of the kids in my daycare used to be like this. It's like some kids just have an extra DNA strand of determination/willfulness or something, LOL. I keep telling myself that it will be a good trait later on in life.

What I did was just kept bringing him back to the time out spot with as little emotion and attention as possible. He eventually got tired (bored?) of it and would stay.

Good luck!

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-24-2012

Just wanted to swing by and check on you. Have things gotten any better?

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2013
Mon, 06-03-2013 - 11:10am

Hi,

Sorry for not coming back to update sooner, I've been having terrible issues trying to sign in. We've kept at the keep-leading-him-back method but with the least emotional response like you suggested and it does seem to be helping some. He still hasn't grown bored of the power struggle though. Sigh.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
I agree with Jillybean. My youngest was/is like that and I just have to keep putting her back into the chair with the least emotion possible. Eventually she stays in it, usually yelling about it, but does stay in. I also gave up making her sit in the chair, she would just stand up and sit right back down once I headed back to her to sit her down, and instead she just has to stay in the "time out spot" which is a 6x6 tile square in the entry way. That eliminated some of the power struggle.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-15-2013

We have the same problem with my son!  I'm worried that his little sister is going to start learning his tricks so we need to nip it in the bud as quickly as possible!