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“What is the PURPOSE of ‘Time-Out’?”

While “Time-Out” is a simple enough concept, its purpose is subject to great interpretation, complexity, and nuance.  Some say that “Time-Out” is intended to be a punishment, a simple procedure to decrease a negative behavior.  Others say that “Time-Out” is not only intended to manage negative behavior, but also to give a child an opportunity to express emotion in a safe place and learn self-control.  Still, others say that the purpose of “Time-Out” is to give the child a chance to “think about” what he did wrong and grow from the experience.  Whatever your interpretation, “Time-Out” is not necessarily simple in its implementation or philosophy.     

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