Timeout is a common discipline technique where a child sits or stands at a designated location for one minute per year of their age.
Throughout Supernanny, there have been many variations and aliases of this technique, some of them beginning with the word "naughty" (Naughty Step, Naughty Chair, etc.).
- 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.