So there I was last week, perusing a preschool parent handbook, when I stumbled across a curious anti-timeout policy. “Time-out is not an effective form of discipline,” the packet explained. “This focuses on the negative and alienates the child.”
I felt an immediate pang of guilt. I’ve given my almost-2-year-old a handful of timeouts -- defined as a brief time away from rewarding stimuli like toys, parents, and friends -- for hitting the dog, throwing rocks, and standing on chairs. A few Google searches later, I learned that proponents of attachment parenting  advise against  timeouts because the interventions give kids “the feeling of being rejected by their parents.” This backlash isn’t even that new -- Child magazine published (and Parents magazine republished) an article  in 2003 called “Why Time-Out Is Out.”
Have my attempts to raise a good little boy scarred him for life? Or are these anti-punishment policies way overprotective and perhaps even harmful?
Interesting! What do you all think? Are time-outs an effective form of discipline in your house?