River Source Family Center

Because Kids Don't Come with Instructions


  • Most of us grew up with a "naughty chair" or a "bottom step" or some other version of time out. As an alternative to corporal punishment and the negative outcomes surrounding being hit as a child, time out was a welcome alternative. But, too frequently, time out is used as a punishment and doesn't serve to guide children toward desirable behavior. We all want our children to know that they are good human beings who make mistakes. We also want them to learn how to correct those mistakes and how to avoid them in the future. And, most importantly, we want to build our children's resiliency and positive self-image so they can cope well with life as they grow. Please explore this month's introduction to Time In to see how you can add to your parenting tool kit.