I saw a mention about timeouts on a thread over in the female dominated areas of this site, and it got me thinking. We have already started to give timeouts in our house, for a few very specific things.
Touching the stereo or television.
Playing with the stove/oven.
Playing with the dishwasher.
Banging on the windows.
We simply say "no" once, say "timeout" once, say "no" again, and then it is to the crib for a 3 minute timeout if he does not stop the behavior. These are the only things we give timeouts for. Some people believe that a timeout is not effective for a toddler before they are 18-20 months old. My wife is a child psychologist, and she believes that curbing instances of bad behavior now will help us later on. I tend to agree. There were five things on tihs list once, and he no longer does that fifth thing because the TO's have already discouraged him from doing it, to the point that all we have to do is say, "no bathroom" and he won't go in there.
What do you guys think about timeouts for toddlers?