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Positive Discipline Tool Card: Positive Time-Out

Updated: Mar 22, 2020

Positive Discipline Teacher's Tool Cards by Jane Nelsen and Kelly Gfroerer and Positive Discipline Parenting Tool Cards by Jane Nelsen and Adrian Garsia, each offer 52 Positive Discipline tools that are available to help with many teaching and parenting challenges. Positive Time-Out is the highlighted tool in this blog post.

After trying out this tool with the children in your life, please share a story of success, or struggle, you've had with it. Thank you! The more you apply the Positive Discipline teaching and parenting tools, the more they will become a part of your own lifestyle. Practice makes better!



Story -

Today, instead of a story, in light of the coronavirus situation, since schools are closed, this

is more of a suggestion for those teachers who are doing online learning at the moment. Taking time to have a discussion with your students on what students can do, that isn't disruptive to the class, that would help when they're feeling overwhelmed and need to use positive time-out. Some ideas shared from others - do some deep breathing, have a glass of water handy to drink from, hug a stuffed animal (even adults can benefit from that, from time to time, and the stuffed animals won't complain like our cats/dogs, if we hug too much). Students often have ideas we, as adults, didn't even think of and it's very empowering to be problem-solvers (especially, proactive ones).

A big thank-you to teachers who are helping students stay grounded during this difficult time!



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Since most everyone has been asked to "shelter in place" at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it is especially important to have a household strategy on what to do when we're feeling overwhelmed from feelings, life, and maybe each other. It's natural for anyone who spends a large amount of time cooped up with other humans to get a bit stir crazy.

A suggestion is to be proactive and approach the problem head on before it becomes a big problem. Have a family/household meeting, when everyone in your household is calm, and have a discussion/brainstorm ideas on what people can do when they need a break, a positive time-out. It's all part of taking care of ourselves so we don't "flip our lid" and get angry towards others and do things or say things we may later regret.


Where can you purchase these tool card decks? The card decks are available at (Select products, then select tool cards) and there are versions available for iPhone and Android in the App stores on the phones.

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