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Timeout is a common discipline technique where a child sits or stands at a designated location for a certain amount of time.

Throughout some of Jo Frost's shows, there have been many variations and aliases of this technique, some of them beginning with the word "naughty" (Naughty Step, Naughty Chair, etc.). Jo recommends keeping a child in timeout for one minute per year of their age.

Steps

  1. Come down to the child's level and give a warning using a low, authoritative tone of voice.
  2. Send child to timeout if the child disobeys the warning.
  3. Come down to the child's level again and explain the reason they are in timeout.
  4. Walk away (no talking) and set the timer for one minute of their age. (e.g. 4-year-olds stay for 4 minutes, 7-year-olds stay for 7 minutes, ages are sometimes rounded up.)
  5. If the child escapes, bring them back to timeout, say nothing, and reset the timer. Ignore any attention-seeking behavior.
  6. After timeout is over, repeat why they were there and ask for an apology.
  7. If the child apologizes in a way that may not sound genuine or refuses to apologize, leave them in timeout until they are ready. If they escape, restart the timer again. If the child apologizes, give them hugs and kisses.

Variations

This is a list of the variations of timeout used by Jo Frost and the episodes they were mentioned in.

Naughty Step

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Naughty Spot

UK
US

Naughty Chair

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The Naughty Chair as seen in the Minyon Family episode.

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The Naughty Chair as seen in the Webb Family episode.

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The Naughty Chairs as seen in the Williams Family episode.

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US

Naughty Corner

UK
US

Naughty Bench

UK
US

Naughty Room

Naughty-Room

The Naughty Room as seen on the Orm Family episode.

US

Naughty Zone

US

Naughty Seat

UK
US

Naughty Stool

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The Naughty Stool as seen on Del Re Family episode.

Naughty Point

UK
US

Naughty Beanbag

US

Naughty Circle

UK
US

Naughty Cube

US

Naughty Mat

US

Naughty Block

US

Reflection Room

UK
US

Reflection Beanbag

UK

Reflection Chair

US

Cool Down Area

UK
US

Penalty Spot

UK

Chill Out Zone

US

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