They’re a popular form of discipline for little kids who've pushed their parents to their limits.
MORE's parenting expert Tracey Biebel is a family therapist at practical parenting in northeast Portland. She says timeouts are a punishment with the expectation that behavior will change as a result of it, but it can send a message of rejection to a small child.
She says a better alternative is to offer a "break time" which ends up teaching kids coping skills.
Biebel says the payoffs of calm down time will last long after early childhood and will help teach a child their parent is a resource for them in times of stress.