The naughty step is a good thing, say researchers. Do you agree?
Looks like the naughty step may be due a bit of a comeback – as a new study shows it's actually one of the most effective ways of dealing with certain kinds of toddler tantrum.
The naughty step's recently been rubbished by many parenting experts as being too negative a way to discipline a tantrumming toddler; they tend to recommend reasoning with your child or offering a compromise.
But, when it comes to a toddler who is being defiant or hitting, say scientists at Oklahoma State University, time out on a naughty step 'more effective than reasoning'. And, they say, 'used consistently... it significantly reduces problem behaviors over time.'
But what do you think? Would you put your toddler on the naughty step? Or do you prefer to do something else when it's tantrum time?
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