10 Toys to Help Kids Calm Down During a Time-Out (Yes, Toys!)

anger balloonLet's get real: Time-outs may seem great in theory to help kids calm down, but they don't always work -- namely because sitting in a corner is dull as doornails and doesn't give kids something to do to pass the time or ponder how they got there.

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"One of the main problems that parents run into when they’re trying to give their child a time-out is that they try to sit them in a chair, corner, or some other small space and tell them to be quiet," explains psychiatrist Carole Lieberman, M.D. "When kids are having a tantrum, they need a way to focus or use up the excess negative energy."

So if time-outs often backfire, consider adding in some of these nifty time-out tools to help your kids chill out.

 

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