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Time Out Teddy

 Hi, my name is Time Out Teddy and I have a very important job.
I remind kids and adults to take time out whenever they need it. Every time you feel sad or mad, 

I want you to take time out to give me a hug so I can help you feel better.
I'm yours forever, so I'll be here whenever you need me. Love, Time Out Teddy

To purchase a Time Out Teddy bear, brochure or T-shirt, please visit the Exchange MarketPlace.

Listen to Time Out Teddy’s song, written by Beth Banks of Albany, GA. 

Time Out Teddy throws out the first pitch at the Toledo Mudhens game on Believe in the Blue Day.


One Calming moment can change a situation.

Being a parent is easier when you are able to understand your child’s behavior. Taking time out means learning
about how your child acts in various situations, what he/she will do next, and how your reaction can affect your child.

Parents know their children, but every parent can use some tips along the way.


Take time out to … know your child.

No one knows your child better than you, because you are with your child more than anyone else. You know that
being a parent can be challenging, so learning why your child is acting a certain way is important.


Take time out to … think about:

• What is the best way to teach my child? 

• Is my child’s behavior appropriate?

• What should I expect as my child ages? 


Take time out to … remember:

• Your child needs to feel loved, heard and protected. 

• Your child needs to know the rules, so he/she knows what you expect. 

• Your child’s age determines his/her behaviors – you cannot expect a 2 year old to understand and act the same
   as a 5 year 

• Even young children can make some decisions, such as which color socks he/she will wear, which book     
  he/she wants to read before bed. This helps teach your child good decision-making skills in a safe environment.

• Your child watches you and might do what he/she sees you do.


Take time out to … teach.

All parents want their child to be safe and to learn good decision-making. A big part of good decision-making is your child managing his/her own behaviors. Here are some tips to help you teach this important skill:

• Set a good example ... remember, your child may do what you do!

• Talk with your child about ways to handle anger and disappointment.

• Use time out as an opportunity for your child to think about the situation and calm down.


Time Out Tips

1. Before starting a time out, consider giving a warning.

2. Select a quiet place where your child can safely sit alone.  

3. A good rule is one minute in time out for each year of age: a 2-year-old sits for 2 minutes, a 3-year-old for 3   
   minutes, etc.

4. Help your child understand which behaviors will lead to a time out – younger children can remember fewer rules
    than older children.

5. Before beginning the time out, tell your child what he/she did wrong and how long the time out will last.

6. If your child becomes upset, calmly walk away. You can talk about it after the time out is over.

7. Stay calm and be consistent.

8. When the time out is over, let your child go back to regular play.


Take time out … to take care of yourself

Remember to take time out for your own needs and interests. When you are happy, those around you will be happy!

• Find ways to relax

• Use naptime to read or rest

• Visit friends or shop while your child is at school

• Take care of YOU!

• Take a parenting class at your local community center 

• Look for books on parenting at your library

• Join a support group for parents 

• Search online for information about child development and parenting


For more information, contact The National Exchange Club: 800-924-2643