167. Time-out

Mildred went to pick up her son Bill school one afternoon. When she got to the , Mildred noticed that Bill looked upset. He was and did not want to look at her. "'s wrong?" she asked him. "I got in trouble," said in a low voice. "What happened?" Mildred gently. "I got put in time-out for grabbing toy from Mary," Bill said.

Mildred wasn't sure a time-out was. She knew that time-outs were in sports whenever a player was injured but wasn't sure how that would be used in kindergarten classroom. Mildred was sure though that her grabbing a toy from a classmate was not . The next day when Mildred took Bill to , she stopped the teacher. She asked the teacher explain what a time-out was. Mildred told the that Bill was very upset about the time-out had the day before. The teacher explained that -out was a discipline tool she used in the . When she saw Bill grab the toy from , she told him to go into time-out. Time-out a chair next to the teacher's desk where student has to sit quietly when they do wrong.

"They aren't kicked out of the classroom, taken out of the immediate situation so they reflect on what they did wrong," the teacher . Mildred thought it was an interesting way to self-control to little kids. "Can I use this home?" Mildred asked the teacher. "Of course!" the said.

Later that night, Mildred got into an with her husband for something. In the middle the argument she slammed her hand on the counter. "Mommy, you need a time-out," Bill said.