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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
"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
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.