1-2-3 Magic Ask the Expert: How Do I Handle a Child Who Sees Timeout as a Joke?

February 9, 2017

Question of the Week:

How do I handle a 3 year old who sees timeout as a game and does not listen? He laughs, constantly tries to run away, and does not sit still. I feel I spend more time trying to wrestle with him in time out and he does not benefit from learning what he did wrong. I finally pulled the pack and play out just to confine him for 3 minutes.

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About Dr. Phelan

Dr. Thomas Phelan is a registered clinical psychologist and creator of the popular and effective 1-2-3 Magic parenting program. He has worked with children and families for 35 years, and his 1-2-3 Magic parenting guide has sold 1.8 million copies worldwide.

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