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MORE's parenting expert discusses time outs vs. break time for kids

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It's time to talk "timeouts"

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.

For more information visit PracticalParentingPDX.com.

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