Time Out Spot is a circular rug made specifically for time-out discipline. The 27" non-skid backed rug is available in three colors: blue, pink, and brown. It comes rolled up in a plastic bag tied with a matching ribbon and hang tag. Made out of 100% Super Soft Acrylic, it is machine washable. Included is a one-page, double-sided brochure titled "Using Time Out Effectively." Not included with the rug are a kitchen-type timer and a consistent attitude.
Heather Sievers, the creator of Time Out Spot, came up with the idea of a specific physical spot for discipline when the stool she was using with her son became more of a distraction than a help during time-out. It is recommended that you begin using the Time
Out Spot™ when your child is between 18 months and two years of age. When the child reaches age four, it is recommended that the parent put something of the child's, like a toy, in time-out instead of the child himself. In the section of the brochure titled "Dealing with Refusal or Resistance," there are several possible strategies offered, including a rewards system to help a parent successfully practice time-out with a challenging child.
When I first saw the pretty pink rug, I was a bit skeptical that my three year-old would consider it a punishment to sit on it. My fears were groundless; after the first time-out session she didn't want to sit on the soft rug anymore. In fact, she became quick to respond to requests when she saw that she would have to spend time on the "spot." Soon she even decided that it would be an appropriate punishment for her older sister: "Kamara needs to go on the time-out spot!"
I have found the rug relatively easy to roll up and take in the car with me. This helps me be more consistent in disciplining my children. The threat of time-out carries more weight when the rug is visibly there to remind them that bad behavior will be dealt with, even away from home.
Even though the rug is easy to roll-up, it would be nice if there were a travel-size version available. I would suggest that it be purse-sized and made of more pliable material. Then it could be carried more discreetly into public places. Overall, I would recommend the Time
Out Spot as a tool to help teach your child self-control and obedience.