The time out can be very effective – no we are not talking football, but discipline for kids. If you are the parent or grand-parent of young children, you might have used this technique once or twice.  Experts say it can be effective if used properly.  For instance, keep time outs brief – under a minute for each year of age.  Stay calm – if a child ignores you, add time to his time out or impose a consequence that means a lot to the kid – such as no video games or no toys for an hour. Finally, if you use a time out, be sure to use a time in…compliment kids for good behavior instead of just disciplining for bad behavior.