Simplify Dicipline With The Time Out Pad

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If you have a young child you are probably all too familiar with the struggles of discipline.  There is a lot of debate among parents (and grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles, neighbours, etc.) over the best way to discipline children when they get out of hand.  One of the most common methods used these days is the ‘time out’.

I’m sure that most people are familiar with time outs either from personal experience or from watching any number of child rearing shows on television.  In case you do not know, they involve placing your child in a designated spot (usually non-stimulating and away from activity) whenever he/she misbehaves and having the child stay there for a short time until you return.  Unfortunately, many young children have trouble grasping the concept and wind up more frustrated and confused than they were to begin with.

The Time Out Pad is made to help alleviate some of the stress and bewilderment associated with disciplining young children.  It can be used for children aged 2 and up.  The parent sets the timer for the amount of time he/she feels is appropriate (one minute per year of age is recommended) and then places the child on the pad.  If the child gets up before the session is over then an alarm will sound to alert the parent and the child that time is not up.  The timer also pauses until the child gets back on the pad.  Once time out is complete another sound plays to signify that time out is over.

I think there are some days when I could really use this.  What do you think of it?

EDITOR'S UPDATE: The Time Out Pad many no longer be available.  Some parents are using a Time Out Mat together with the Time Tracker for similar functionality with good result.

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Jul 20, 2010
by Anonymous


I am ABSOLUTELY in LOVE with the Time Out Pad. I have an extremely active 2 year old daughter. She is not quite to the age that she comprehends that if she keeps screaming, or getting up (from our previous designated time out area) that a minute is going to get added on to her time.. etc. Before the pad it was battle after battle, not to mention the continuous monitoring while they are in time out. Honestly, as much as I hate to say it, I don't have time to monitor everything. I am not a stay at home mom, I am quite career oriented and like that, however, often times, it does not allow me the time that I need to be able to sit and make sure that my rambunctious toddler is staying where I told her to stay for 2 minutes, especially if I have cooking duties that night. With this time out pad, we have noticed a difference in our daughter like you wouldn't believe. Now, most times, all we have to say is "do you want to go to time out" and she will quite often say "no thank you" and stop what she is doing wrong. Then, if she does have to go to time out, she sits on the pad and that's the end of the story. The buzzer alarm that goes off if they come off the pad scared the bejesus out of her enough to where she makes sure that her little bottom is on that pad for the full duration. I would recommend this pad to anyone anywhere at anytime! (I would look on,,, ect....for a cheaper version though!)