3 January 2007

Retrospective 2001 continued: Time Out!

Filed under: Reflections — ktismatics @ 6:11 pm

In 2001 our daughter was in the third grade. Putting your kid in “time out” was a popular form of discipline then — it probably still is. Time out extracts the kid from the social situation in which the “not okay” behavior took place. It gives the kid a chance to cool off and to reflect on what she did wrong. When the kid was ready to act appropriately again, time out would be over.

I started thinking about all the possible things a kid might think about while in time out. The result was a cartoon called “Time Out!” which I distributed weekly to our daughter’s friends’ parents. I had some hopes that the cartoons would lead to interesting discussions about parenting, expected impact on kids’ behavior, and so on. Alas, no: the cartoon remained cheap entertainment. Here’s Episode Three, the last one before Christmas break…



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