The Timeout technique is the most commonly used discipline technique. It is one of the first discipline techniques Jo introduces at a family, and it was used ever since Supernanny began airing in 2004 in the UK. A child sits or stands at a designated location for 1 minute per year depending on their age, then apologizes.

Throughout Supernanny, there have been many variations an aliases of this technique, most of them beginning with the word "naughty" (as in Naughty Step, Naughty Chair).

A list of episodes with no timeout techniques can be found here.


  1. Come down to the child's level and give a warning using a low, authoritative tone of voice.
  2. Send child to Timeout if the child disobeys the warning.
  3. Come down to the child's level again and explain the reason they are on the step.
  4. 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.)
  5. If the child escapes, bring them back to the step, say nothing, and reset the timer. Ignore any attention-seeking behaviours.
  6. After timeout is over, repeat why they were on the step and ask for an apology.
  7. 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.)
  8. Hugs and kisses.
  9. Move on and forget about the incident

Note that is the child misbehaves immediately after coming off the step then bring them back to the the step without warning them, especially if they do the same wrong thing. Also, older children will outgrow this technique, so consider an alternative such as the One strike and you're out, or you could also use this technique in conjunction with a privilege removal system.


This is a list of all the known aliases and variations of the technique, along with the episodes that feature them.

Naughty StepEdit

Naughty SpotEdit

Naughty ChairEdit


Naughty Chair seen in The Minyon Family.


Naughty Chair seen in The Webb Family.


Naughty Chairs seen in The Williams Family. Bethany's chair is pink, Tyler's chair is blue, Tia's chair is purple, and Lori's chair is yellow.


Naughty Chair seen on The Davis Family.

Naughty CornerEdit

Reflection RoomEdit

  • Cooke Family (Meghann for 9 minutes, Gabriella for 6 minutes, Erin for 4 minutes)
  • Moy Family (Hailey for 11 minutes, Camryn for 8 minutes)
  • Porter Family (Maddison for 9 minutes, Harry for 7 minutes)
  • Agate Family (Mary-Anne for 7 minutes)

Naughty BenchEdit

Naughty RoomEdit


Naughty Room seen on The Orm Family.

Naughty SeatEdit

Naughty StoolEdit


Naughty Stool seen on The Del Re Family.

  • Jeans Family (Andra for 4 minutes, Jessie and Leah for 3 minutes)
  • Weinstein Family (Robert for 2 minutes)
  • Jackson Family (Will and Isabella for 5 minutes; However, every time Isabella moves, Lisa adds 5 minutes so it is now 45 minutes for Isabella on the Naughty Stool which wasn’t exactly part of the technique)
  • Del Re Family (Peter and Deanna for 4 minutes)

Naughty PointEdit

Naughty BeanbagEdit

Naughty CircleEdit

Naughty CubeEdit

  • Banjany Family - In this episode, Zoe took three and a half hours to submit to the Naughty Cube technique. In addition, Jo, Rich and Lisa took turns playacting as recalcitrant children so that Rick and Lisa could practice what to do if their kids refused to go to the Naughty Cube.

Naughty MatEdit

Naughty BlockEdit

  • Larmer Family (John for 4 minutes, Justin and Jessica for 2 minutes)
  • Banjany Family (Cameron and Zoey for 5 minutes, Blake for 3 minutes)

Trivia Edit

  • Sometimes parents round up their children's ages when they are on timeout, particularly if the child's age is more than half of the year. This happened with Farley Park, Erica Winter, Josef Webb and Claire Manley in their respective episodes.
  • 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 Bradbury-Lambert Family since Tegan-Olivia was 2 and 1/2 years old, instead of sending her to timeout for 2 minutes, she got sent there for 2 and 1/2 minutes.
  • 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.