Timeout is a common discipline technique.
Throughout Supernanny, there have been many variations and aliases of this technique, most of them beginning with the word "naughty" (as in Naughty Step, Naughty Chair).
- Come down to the child's level and give a warning using a low, authoritative tone of voice.
- Send child to Timeout if the child disobeys the warning.
- Come down to the child's level again and explain the reason they are on the step.
- Walk away (no talking) and set the timer for one minute of their age. (e.g. 4-year-olds stay for 4 minutes, 7-year-olds stay for 7 minutes, ages are sometimes rounded up.)
- If the child escapes, bring them back to the step, say nothing, and reset the timer. Ignore any attention-seeking behavior.
- After timeout is over, repeat why they were on the step and ask for an apology.
- The child apologizes. (If the child does not apologize or does something like scream sorry in a way that makes you think they don't mean it then leave them on the step until they are ready, if they escape, restart the timer again.)
- Hugs and kisses.
- Main article: List of children who went to timeout
- In the Smith-Clarke Family, Jo's timeout technique for Cameron was scrapped after finding out about his severe anger issues.
- The Moy Family had a Naughty Step, despite the fact that Matthew was never seen at one.
- In the Duan-Ahn Family, the Naughty Chair was named the "Reflection Chair" and whoever was on it has to write down why he is on the chair in a book. This variant of Timeout was used in conjunction with the Communication Couch where the child and parent sit down to talk about what the child had written in the book.