There are several things in our home that are automatic time out offenses: hitting, screaming, spitting and animal cruelty. Today at lunch, for no real reason, Mary spit out an edamame. Time out.
After two minutes she was allowed to return to the table.
“Why were you in time out?”
“I would rather not discuss it”.
Back to time out. Two minutes later she returned.
“Now, why were you in time out?”
“Let’s just say I’m sorry and move on.”
Time out is clearly a very effective method of punishment.