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There is news for parents who are in two about the merits of using time-outs as a of punishment. Research from the University of Michigan in the USA says there is to show time-outs can be an effective discipline for children aged between two and eight years. Researchers say parents do not need to fret about their parenting if they give time-outs to children as they do not harm children's mental wellbeing or their relationship with their . In an eight-year study, researchers compared the emotional and behavior in children whose parents used time-outs with those who didn't. They found there was no in the children.

Time-outs are a form of used by parents to modify their children's behavior. It usually involves sending children to a space or quiet . The aim is for children to reflect on their behavior. Scientists have disagreed about the of this strategy. Dr Rachel Knight said: "Some reports in the media and by select organizations have suggested that time-out is ineffective and even ." She added: "There are some claims that time-outs can damage the parent-child relationship and affect emotional health, but the research doesn't support those claims." Dr Knight concluded: "We did not find a between time-outs and side effects in children."

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