Summer pool time is sure to be filled with tumbling kids and joyful shouts of "canon ball !", followed by splashing and happy giggles. But listen a bit closer and you're sure to hear parental cries of, " You're in 'time out !'" followed by tears of unhappiness as a child or two or three are drug to the poolside.
While sitting by a pool in Palm Springs this week I witnessed numerous kids as they were ordered in to and out of "time out", with varying results.
I heard that term thrown around so much that I was ready to put a few parents in "time out"!
"Time out" really only works when: