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I’ve always understood that time-out was a reasonable way to deal with behaviour issues. Now I’m seeing some articles suggesting that time-out has had its day. Is time-out OK and if not, what’s the alternative?
My four year old is scared of the dark and needs us to stay with him while he goes to sleep and then comes into our room (and bed) when he wakes at night. It is legitimate fear and need for comfort but on the down side noone is getting any sleep! What should we do?
Reaching out for help when you’re a parent means looking to organisations or services with a range of expertise or the means to assist. Whether it’s government payments or a specialised support service, sometimes you just need to ask.
Early Learning Consultant, Goodstart Early Learning
Sharon McKinlay is a researcher, teacher, mother and grandmother. She has worked across a range of early childhood education and care settings over the last fifteen years, as a teacher, leader and mentor and the majority of her teaching has been in rural and regional communities in Queensland.
Her current role...
Director of Paediatrics Gold Coast University Hospital
Lecturer, Faculty of Education (QUT)
Senior Child & Family Practitioner for Goodstart Early Learning