When children misbehave: Five time-out mistakes

When children misbehave, parents often get mad. They may scream, shout or spank them.

Others may ask their children to sit in a corner for a while. This strategy, known as time out, is the deliberate removal of adult attention as a consequence for a misbehaviour, said Ms Cheryl Ong, a senior psychologist at the child development unit at National University Hospital.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2019, with the headline 'Five time-out mistakes'. Print Edition | Subscribe