The Downsides of 'Time Outs' for Children

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"Time outs" and positive reinforcement have seemed like reasonable ways to discourage or encourage bad behavior in kids for decades. But an advocate for an approach called "unconditional parenting" says these methods are actually bad for children later in life. We speak to author Alfie Kohn, author of the book, "Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason," who practices this philosophy with his own kids. We also talk to pediatrician and mother Perri Klass.

Read Alfie Kohn's article in The New York Times: "When a Parent’s ‘I Love You’ Means ‘Do as I Say’"

"Speaking as a pediatrician, when we talk about using time-out, we're usually not talking about it as a way to encourage parents to be more severe; we're usually talking about it as a way to get through difficult family moments without screaming, yelling, hitting."
—Dr. Perri Klass on using time-outs as an alternative to harsher discipline methods