Next best price is around £24 delivered.
Timer allows different 'time-out' durations for different ages (1-5 minutes)
Alarm alerts parent should the child leave the pad
Simple traffic light system shows stage of 'time-out' sequence
Easy to reset (begin countdown again/restart from time of leaving
Works on any flat surface e.g. bottom of stair or floor
Full instructions and 'time out' tips included
Child 'tamper-proof' controls
AA batteries included
What is a Time - Out?
The idea behind time-outs is to remove the child away from the scene of unacceptable behaviour for a few minutes, giving both the child and parent time to calm down.
In the old days, many children were sent to their bedrooms, but these days the childcare experts all seem to agree that the naughty step or time-out zone should be a boring part of the house like the bottom step of the stairs. This allows the parent to keep an eye on, or listen out easier for the child during the time-out period.
When to use time-outs?
Generally speaking, time-outs are a last resort action in response to unacceptable behaviour, the definition of which can vary between families. For example issues like: violence towards other members of the family, dangerous play, rudeness, swearing, continual ignoring of simple polite requests or just simply when the child is out of control and cannot be reasoned with.
Time-outs are also brilliant if YOU feel you are losing it too! Keeping calm and in control are probably one of the most important parenting techniques around.
How it Works?
Simply set the built-in timer to the desired time-out duration (usually one minute per year of the child's age) and sit the child on the pressure sensitive pad.
If the child gets up before the end of the programmed time, an alarm sounds to alert the parent or carer, and the countdown will pause until the child sits back down.
Once the full time-out countdown has elapsed, the finish tune is played to let everyone know that the session has ended. The child should then apologise and be rewarded with a big hug!