The Reading / Listening - Time-outs - Level 4

There is good news for parents worried about time-outs as a punishment. Research shows time-outs can effectively discipline children up to eight years old. Parents do not need to worry about their parenting skills as time-outs do not harm children or their relationship with their parents. Researchers compared children whose parents used time-outs with those who didn't. They found no difference in the children's emotional wellbeing or behavior.



Parents use time-outs to change their children's behavior. Children go to a quiet space to think about their actions. Scientists have disagreed about the effectiveness of this. A researcher said: "Some reports...suggested that time-out is ineffective and even harmful [and] can damage the parent-child relationship and negatively affect emotional health". She said: "We did not find a relationship between time-outs and negative side effects in children."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Time-outs - Level 5 or  Time-outs - Level 6

Sources
  • https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/14/give-children-time-outs-wont-ruin-relationship-says-new-research-10741450
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-08-parenting-tool.html
  • http://www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/Children_s_Health_200/Time-outs-Not-Associated-with-Long-term-Negative-Effects-in-Children.shtml


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. time-outs can effectively
  2. Parents do not
  3. parenting
  4. their relationship
  5. Researchers compared
  6. parents used
  7. They found no
  8. the children's emotional
  1. time-outs
  2. skills
  3. wellbeing
  4. need to worry
  5. difference
  6. discipline children
  7. children
  8. with their parents

Paragraph 2

  1. change their children's
  2. Children go to a quiet
  3. think
  4. Scientists have
  5. the effectiveness
  6. ineffective and even
  7. damage the parent-child
  8. negative
  1. side effects
  2. of this
  3. relationship
  4. behavior
  5. harmful
  6. about their actions
  7. space
  8. disagreed

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There is (1) ___________________ parents worried about time-outs as a punishment. Research shows time-outs (2) ___________________ children up to eight years old. Parents (3) ___________________ to worry about their parenting skills as time-outs (4) ___________________ children or their relationship (5) ___________________. Researchers compared children whose parents used time-outs with those who didn't. They found no difference in the children's emotional (6) ___________________.

Parents use time-outs (7) ___________________ children's behavior. Children go to a quiet space to think (8) ___________________. Scientists have disagreed about (9) ___________________ this. A researcher said: "Some reports...suggested that time-out (10) ___________________ even harmful [and] (11) ___________________ parent-child relationship and negatively affect emotional health". She said: "We did not find a relationship between time-outs and negative side (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thereisgoodnewsforparentsworriedabouttime-outsasapunishme
nt.Researchshowstime-outscaneffectivelydisciplinechildrenupto
eightyearsold.Parentsdonotneedtoworryabouttheirparentingskillsa
stime-outsdonotharmchildrenortheirrelationshipwiththeirparent
s.Researcherscomparedchildrenwhoseparentsusedtime-outswitht
hosewhodidn't.Theyfoundnodifferenceinthechildren'semotionalwell
beingorbehavior.Parentsusetime-outstochangetheirchildren'sbeh
avior.Childrengotoaquietspacetothinkabouttheiractions.Scientistsh
avedisagreedabouttheeffectivenessofthis.Aresearchersaid:"Somer
eports...suggestedthattime-outisineffectiveandevenharmful[and]
candamagetheparent-childrelationshipandnegativelyaffectemotio
nalhealth".Shesaid:"Wedidnotfindarelationshipbetweentime-outsa
ndnegativesideeffectsinchildren."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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