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

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

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