Timeout is a common discipline technique where a child sits or stands at a designated location for a certain amount of time.

Throughout some of Jo Frost's shows, there have been many variations and aliases of this technique, some of them beginning with the word "naughty" (Naughty Step, Naughty Chair, etc.). Jo recommends keeping a child in timeout for one minute per year of their age.


  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, ages are sometimes rounded up.)
  5. If the child escapes, bring them back to the step, say nothing, and reset the timer. Ignore any attention-seeking behavior.
  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.


Naughty Step

Naughty Spot

Penalty Spot

Naughty Chair


The Naughty Chair as seen in the Minyon Family episode.


The Naughty Chair as seen in the Webb Family episode.


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

Naughty Corner

Reflection Room

  • 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 Bench

Naughty Room

"Naughty Bedroom" redirects here. For the version used in the Weston Family, see Naughty Bedroom (Weston Family)


The Naughty Room as seen on the Orm Family episode.

Naughty Seat

Naughty Stool


The Naughty Stool as seen on Del Re Family episode.

  • 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 Point

Naughty Beanbag

Naughty Circle

Naughty Cube

  • 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 Mat

Naughty Block

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

Reflection Chair

  • An-Duan Family (As Reflection Chair, Christopher for 9 minutes but this technique applies to Isabella for 8 minutes, Benjamin and Lawrence for 6 minutes, and Charlotte for 5 minutes. Whoever was on it has to write down why he/she is on the chair in a book. It 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.)

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