This week I worked with a wonderful child who kept getting sent to time-out at school for pushing and shoving other children. He is a small boy, compared with his peers. His classmates tend to take his crayons and art supplies which gives him SUPERSIZED mad feelings. When we spoke of all he could do besides push when others take his things he explained, “My teacher says ‘use your words,’ but I can’t find any.”
This little boy, let’s call him Joey, reached into The Space Between himself and the other children, when things went wrong and found nothing. No new thoughts, words, feelings or actions. So we drew this super cool picture.
There are no new skills for Joey to find in time-out. But with a little exploration of what he thought and how he felt, he now has the freedom and opportunity to choose new behaviors.
We filled the SPACE BETWEEN him and the other child with many new sentences.
“I am playing with this please choose something else.”
“I am drawing with the blue and yellow crayons, you can use the red and green ones.”
“I know you want the purple pencil, let me finish coloring this circle and I will lend it to you.”
We also filled the SPACE BETWEEN with new actions.
“If you keep taking my crayons, I will move to a new workspace.”
“When you take my stuff, it supersizes my mad feelings, please go play something else so I can stay happy and calm.”
Time-out is not a space of resolution, new skills and calming.
Time-out is a place children go to learn they are not in control. You can help the children in your home and classroom be more skillful by offering them new words and actions to use when things get tough. Kids can only “use their words” if they have some. Most kids don’t have the social language, it’s our role as parents to teach them the words to use and the actions to choose in order to solve difficult social interactions. #Time-In provides the new thoughts, words, feelings and actions.
Print out our #Time-In printable and explore social situations with your kiddos. Then let us know what you all discovered. Tweetpic me @drlynnekenney.
#Time-In ’cause if time-out worked, you’d only have to use it once. Wendy Young, Kidlutions, Ava Parnass, Listen to me please.
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