It seems like more emphasis is placed on being nice before Christmas so that Santa pays a visit, but the truth is, good behavior is always important!
My children are very good, but no child is perfect! My three-year old daughter has been whining lately, instead of just trying to talk to me about what she needs. I realize that all children make mistakes, but it’s how we work through them that makes a difference. I really believe in the importance of raising well-behaved children with good character, so I set out to find something that might help me with some of the common childhood misbehaviors, such as whining.
That’s when I found Timeout Tot. Timeout Tot is an award-winning behavior program aimed at nurturing character development in young children ages three to six. Timeout Tot addresses some of the common misbehaviors such as biting, tantrum throwing, grabbing, pushing, and whining.
The main character Tot, is a soft and cuddly little squirrel puppet created by a Jim Henson puppet maker. This friendly squirrel visits young children in “time out” and helps them learn right from wrong through honesty, easy-to-sing tunes, and gentle correction. Tot sees everything (just like Santa) because he lives right in the “neighborhood”.
The Timeout Tots DVD is great because it shows real-life examples and the lessons are shown through role-playing. I think one of the keys in the “time out” discipline plan is to make sure that children have a clear sense of what they did wrong when they are sent to “time out” and what the correct behavior should have been. This DVD has scenes (easily selected from the DVD menu) of children acting out misbehaviors followed by talks with Tot and examples of the results of good behavior. For example, in the Whining Lesson, Tot first shows a cute little girl whining incessantly. Then, Tot shows the same little girl using her “good” voice. With the help of this DVD children, like my daughter, can paint a clearer picture between acceptable and unacceptable behavior.
Tot’s Teaching Tunes CD has fun songs your child will want to join in singing. This is a great CD to play in the car or anywhere to reinforce Tot’s messages in a fun and meaningful way!
Another fun and meaningful part of the program is Tot’s Acorn Treat . Tot has an acorn-shaped fabric pouch that unzips to hold a special treat for Tot to hide for your child when they have been good. The acorn could be hidden under a pillow at night (like the Tooth Fairy) for a child who listens and goes to bed without fussing or it could be hidden in a child’s room to find when they are cleaning up…it really can be used anywhere.
Discipline can be such a frustrating issue for both parent and child. The Timeout Tot Program can be an effective addition to your “timeout” discipline plan. Don’t worry, you won’t be left alone with the program, as it includes many parenting tips.
So as the song goes…”He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.” Learn the difference between “naughty and nice” with this amazing program.