“In the real world, many parents I know personally and many of the parents I treat professionally don’t use time outs like that,” says Dr. Daniel Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and co-author of No-Drama Discipline.No, here in the real world, “they use them, No.1, when they’re desperate and feeling angry,” Siegel says. As well, most parents use time outs for much longer than is appropriate one minute for a one-year-old, two minutes for a two-year-old up to five minutes, max.“I know parents who have given their kids time outs for 45 minutes. It was never planned that way,” Siegel says.

via Ready, get set, time out! But follow with positive reinforcement – The Globe and Mail.