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Your life nowFirmness is great when it comes to discipline. But if you’re sending your charge to time out multiple times a day, something’s not working. Either your expectations are too high or your rules are too numerous. Jumping on your child’s case for every small infraction only leads to more defiance and power struggles. Generally three big rules are enough at this age, so sort your priorities. Rule of thumb: Limit time outs to major infractions like hitting or breaking big household rules. You probably shouldn’t need to resort to this punishment more than once a day. If she’s spending half her life in time out, readjust the rules, catch her being good, or consider whether boredom is setting in maybe she needs a walk around the block or some new ideas for playtime.