No More Time Outs: The Time-In Toolkit
Updated: Jul 27, 2019
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If you've read any of my other posts about Generation Mindful, you know I am a big fan of their tools for encouraging parent-child connection through play. Their most recent release is the Time-In Toolkit and I couldn't wait to get my hands it to use both at the Play to Grow studio and at home.
The Time-In Toolkit is a collection of tools that can help you to create a calm down corner in your home, classroom or clinic. Their collection of tools includes feelings posters, the Peacemakers card game, a guide book for creating a calming corner and starting "time-ins" with your child, and the Peacemakers chart and reusable stickers. There are even more free downloadable components available over at their website, but with the toolkit on sale for $59 at the time of this writing, we think it's a pretty good investment to start teaching emotional regulation skills to your children!
I will admit that we used time outs with my son when he was younger. But as he has grown older and I've read more about peaceful parenting practices and taken some parenting courses, I've changed our approach a bit. When he is having a hard time, I usually have a lot more success bringing him back through connection rather than punishment. Having ideas and tools at your disposal in these moments is critical to keep your cool and help your child work through hard feelings. We'd love to hear what tools you use to connect with your child in difficult moments. Post in the comments if you'd like to share!