The other day, my 2-year-old darling decided to take her artwork to our living room walls. While I'm glad that most crayons and markers are washable, it's still not a habit I want her to develop. Enter the time out.
In our house, she sits on the fireplace step for a minute or two. Usually, she cries. I use that precious free time to fold laundry or check a few emails.
So what do you make of this: a battery-operated time out pad. The makers (Gro-Group) ask, "How do you monitor a time out when you've got so many things to do? And what happens if a child gets up during the time out? How does the child know when the time out is finished?"
Their solution: a plastic cushion equipped with a red-yellow-green light, a timer, and congratulatory beeping when their time out is over. Unless your kid bails on their time out, and then an alarm will sound.
Let us know what you think! Do time outs require technology? Or is this still something best administered the old-fashioned way (like me saying, "Go sit in time out until Mommy
finishes crafting a hysterical new Facebook status says you can come out.")?