4. Be Swift
It’s tempting to delay putting your children in time-out until you are in a socially acceptable place (i.e. not in the middle of a library) or in your designated time-out corner. But the biggest opponents of time-outs cite that a delay between poor behavior and discipline is what makes time-outs useless. Depending on the age of your child, they will not connect that a time-out is being implemented because of disobedience earlier in the day. Sure, you can still do it for the principle, but don’t expect that to deter the behavior that caused the time-out in the first place. There is no shame in stepping out of the library, using a public restroom or even sitting in the car for time-outs. The important part is that you just do the time-out.