The Reading / Listening - Time-outs - Level 5

There is good news for parents worried about the merits of using time-outs as a punishment. Research says evidence shows time-outs can be an effective strategy to discipline children aged two to eight years old. Parents do not need to worry about their parenting skills if they give time-outs to misbehaving children as they do not harm children or their relationship with their parents. Researchers compared the emotional health and behavior in children whose parents used time-outs with those who didn't. They found no difference in the children.



Parents use time-outs to modify their children's behavior. It involves sending children to a quiet space to reflect on their behavior. Scientists have disagreed about the effectiveness of this strategy. Dr Rachel Knight said: "Some reports in the media...have suggested that time-out is ineffective and even harmful." She added there are claims, "that time-outs can damage the parent-child relationship and negatively affect emotional health". Dr Knight concluded: "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 4 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. There is good
  2. the merits of using
  3. time-outs can be an effective
  4. discipline
  5. parenting
  6. they do not
  7. emotional
  8. They found no
  1. strategy
  2. health
  3. difference
  4. harm children
  5. time-outs
  6. skills
  7. children
  8. news for parents

Paragraph 2

  1. reflect
  2. disagreed about the effectiveness
  3. Some reports
  4. time-out is ineffective and
  5. damage the parent-
  6. negatively affect emotional
  7. We did not find a
  8. negative side
  1. even harmful
  2. relationship
  3. child relationship
  4. on their behavior
  5. effects
  6. in the media
  7. of this strategy
  8. health

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There is (1) ___________________ parents worried about the merits of using time-outs (2) ___________________. Research says evidence shows time-outs can be an (3) ___________________ discipline children aged two to eight years old. Parents do not (4) ___________________ about their parenting skills if they give time-outs to misbehaving children as they (5) ___________________ children or their relationship with their parents. Researchers compared the emotional health and behavior in children whose parents used time-outs with those who didn't. They (6) ___________________ in the children.

Parents use time-outs (7) ___________________ children's behavior. It involves sending children to (8) ___________________ to reflect on their behavior. Scientists have disagreed about the effectiveness of this strategy. Dr Rachel Knight said: "Some reports (9) ___________________...have suggested that time-out is ineffective (10) ___________________." She added there are claims, "that time-outs can damage the parent-child relationship (11) ___________________ emotional health". Dr Knight concluded: "We did not find a relationship between time-outs and negative (12) ___________________ children."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thereisgoodnewsforparentsworriedaboutthemeritsofusingtime-ou
tsasapunishment.Researchsaysevidenceshowstime-outscanbeane
ffectivestrategytodisciplinechildrenagedtwotoeightyearsold.Parent
sdonotneedtoworryabouttheirparentingskillsiftheygivetime-outsto
misbehavingchildrenastheydonotharmchildrenortheirrelationshipw
iththeirparents.Researcherscomparedtheemotionalhealthandbeha
viorinchildrenwhoseparentsusedtime-outswiththosewhodidn't.The
yfoundnodifferenceinthechildren.Parentsusetime-outstomodifyth
eirchildren'sbehavior.Itinvolvessendingchildrentoaquietspacetorefl
ectontheirbehavior.Scientistshavedisagreedabouttheeffectiveness
ofthisstrategy.DrRachelKnightsaid:"Somereportsinthemedia...hav
esuggestedthattime-outisineffectiveandevenharmful."Sheaddedth
ereareclaims,"thattime-outscandamagetheparent-childrelations
hipandnegativelyaffectemotionalhealth".DrKnightconcluded:"Wedi
dnotfindarelationshipbetweentime-outsandnegativesideeffectsi
nchildren."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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