She is an awesome baby but like most kids her age is asserting her independence now and acting out. Usually, I am able to redirect her behavior and she goes onto the next activity forgetting what she was upset about. Yesterday, she decided it would be fun to throw diapers and toys at my head. I tried to get her to do something else but she refused and kept laughing at me. We had tried time outs a couple of months ago and the message was totally lost so we stopped. But yesterday I decided to try the time out thing again.
So I put her in her crib and said she was in time out because she kept throwing things at my head. I told her she would be in there until the second-hand on the clock hit 6 which was one minute. She threw a fit but when I took her out she went and played with her zoo and didn’t throw things at me.
I didn’t know if she changed activities because she learned something from the time out or if she was so upset she forgot what she was doing before. Whatever it was it worked. It got my wondering how long do you put a kid in time out for?
Before I put her in the crib I thought I would tell her she had to calm down before time out was over. Once I put her in time out I realized that might be a little too advanced for her and arbitrarily decided on 1 minute. It sounds like a short amount of time but for her it was an eternity.
Whenever I talk to people about time out or read books everyone says time out is a good way to go but no one ever says for how long. Since I am a newbie mom I was wondering how long should a time out last? Do you decide by age and maturity level, the crime, or wait till your child has calmed down?