If you can't smack your kids, can you do this?
Written on the 14 April 2013 by Meg Parkinson
Last week we posted an article about smacking and why you shouldn’t smack your kids. Wow. There were some strong responses. Some very angry people and also a lot of people who agreed vehemently. We also received a lot of requests for different approaches to discipline. So today we get to take some time out with Meg Parkinson who is a parenting educator and examines the use of time out.
1. Carefully choose the behaviour that you want to use time out for. It is essential to use it consistently, so you must be sure which behaviour you want to use it for.
* Act immediately. Every second you delay after the behaviour has occurred reduces the effect.
Meg Parkinson holds a Bachelor of Education (Special Education) and a Master of Education in Guidance and Counselling. She is a member of the William Glasser Institute and is accredited to provide training in Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Lead Management. She also holds a Certificate IV in assessment and Workplace Training. Meg supports parents by teaching simple, easily applied and practical techniques that reduce behaviours causing frustration, anxiety, stress and irritation. She runs classes and offers individual coaching in your home or remotely via Skype. Her style inspires action. Her approach is designed to give you the biggest results with the least amount of effort. Meg’s experience includes 20 years working in the education sector, in special needs - learning support, classroom teaching, gifted and talented education mentor, counselling and facilitation. She has created and facilitated training programs on behavioural management for teachers, principals and parents in Australia and the UK. International leaders in personal effectiveness, Franklin Covey Australia worked with Meg to launch and implement their program ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens’. This process involved the delivery of the program to staff and students in schools throughout Queensland.