Thursday, July 31, 2008

Watch out, she bites!


So we've had some, urm, issues with Little AG lately. In all of her 18 month old glory she has started biting people. Usually me, actually. For a while I felt completely helpless. I knew she was doing it out of frustration based on the actual moments when it happened, but I knew there was no way to reason with her being that her ability to reason is a ZERO on a scale of one to ten -- you know, what with her being a baby and all.

We talked to a friend of ours who works in Child Development and she suggested that we start a quick 2 minute time out system for Little AG that would teach her that the behavior is not acceptable. We follow each time out with a positive activity, like reading a book, dancing, or singing a song so that she learns (hopefully) that we are able to deal with issues but move on.

She has quickly learned that she needs to sit still for the duration of the 2 minutes, but we are having trouble establishing a place for her in our house that doesn't come with distractions. That is why I think that this Time Out Pad by Keen Distribution is an awesome idea.

The Time Out Pad is pressurized -- so it knows when the child gets up and pauses the countdown as well as sounding a little alarm and flashing a red light so both the child and caregiver realize that the timeout is not yet complete. When the child sits back down the Time Out resumes until it is completed. Most experts recommend one minute for each year of the child's life (so I guess we should REALLY be doing a minute and a half then), and the child can see the time being counted down on the pad itself.

We have only been doing these timeouts for a week, but her behavior has dramatically improved and we've only had to do 3 timeouts, so my outlook is rather positive about her behavior. However, timeouts seem like a good parenting option to me, so I think that the Time Out Pad is something we would benefit from.

The Time Out Pad is still a work in progress but will be available soon. I'll keep you updated here but you can also check out Keen Distribution's website for details.

What do you think? Do you use timeouts with your children? Is the Time Out Pad something you would use?

6 comments:

Keep It Classy, Jen said...

I probably would get social services called on me if I put Boston in timeout, but I do believe that time out works...interesting product though. Not sure that I would need flashing lights...etc but who know my son might be a little terror!

mah-meeee said...

oh, great idea! we have a time out chair at home, but i think this is better. it's a portable time out chair... muahahahahaha...

Teresa said...

That time out pad is so cute! I think kids won't feel getting punished when they sit there! lol

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Nicole Feliciano said...

I also saw a Time Out Blanket at a recent kids show I attended in NYC. not sure who makes it. But for those of use with limited space (me), these are good ideas. I have been reduced to giving time outs in the bathroom.

Rebekah said...

we use time out too and it sometimes works and sometimes not. This looks like a great idea. Just athoughton the biting. When my Audrey started that we noticed it was because her daddy was doing it to her at first. You know how when you play with your baby and kiss their arm or kind of nibble it a little bit? Not sure if I'm explaining it to well but anyway when daddy stopped doing it in play Audrey stopped doing it too. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Whitney said...

I wish I had a kid just so I could get this. I would put my cat on in (he really needs a time out sometimes) but I think the countdown and sit still concepts would be lost.