Thursday, May 6, 2010

Wanted: Perfect Time-Out / Time-In Chair.....

A place for everything and everything in it's place is an often repeated chant in my head right now. That includes finding the right place to park overstimulated, angry and immature children for either a time-out or time-in session. (Time-in is where they are with me because they are having impulse or emotional control issues - we all know what a time-out is.) I have been using my bed since we moved, but I have discovered that it's a little far from the main hub of activity and allows the removed person too much freedom. My deodorant has been eaten, hair products dispensed and electric toothbrush regularly relocated. It's time for a time out/time in location which I can move.

I am thinking about (gasp) an over sized bean bag or something similar but wonder if there is any other option. Has anyone found something A. Portable B. Relatively inexpensive C. Not too ugly D. Indestructible. That meets this purpose? I'm not against the beanbag idea...it's just so 70's!

14 comments:

Ursula said...

I would worry about holes being poked in the bean bag chair. What about a small regular chair or stool?

Anonymous said...

Well, let's see. Here are a couple of options cheaper than the one you linked to.
noel

Bean bag with maybe (??) a little more style--
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FPIUPC?tag=natbegla-20&camp=213381&creative=390973&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B000FPIUPC&adid=08C50MC4X68QV9WWMXFM&

Beanless chair, so when a hole gets poked, no beans pour out -- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000VSI6ES?tag=natbegla-20&camp=213381&creative=390973&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B000VSI6ES&adid=168Z2DDSG0F8RJWMSPF6&

Welcome to the Lazy J! A "Ranch" where God is at work! said...

Dorothy, they actually make some cute bean bags now, so it might be worth checking into! My kids really loved theirs when we had them! The problem we had was that they were fun for tumbling, and after too many somersaults and jumps, they fell apart (ours were also a cheaper brand). But I like the concept. Best of luck! :)

Sue said...

Hi Dorothy, I utilize +

++the "naughty step". I don't allow the other kids to talk to the wrong-doer or allow them any toys. One minute per year. If they get up it starts over. When I put them back on the step I don't talk to them or interact with them. I realize the other kids not talking to them in your case might be hard. In our case my other kids gloat in the fact that others are in trouble. Visual timers are good too so the kids can see that there is an end. When they are done I try to help them communicate why they were there and to make things right according to development. In all cases simply and short.

Karen said...

My sister used a wooden, old-fashioned school chair. It was the kind with the desk coming off one side. It made the child feel somewhat contained and the desk could be used if desired by the parent as part of the time out. Good luck with your search.

Donna said...

Not so 70's any more. My older kids love them for playing Wii and such. Infact I just replaced our old one!!
Might also be good for those sensory deprived kiddo's!
:) Just a thought!

Heather said...

My time out spot is the little wooden stool I use to reach high stuff in the kitchen. It is not too comfy, very boring, and right where I can see it. Perfect for us.

Anonymous said...

If you have a Pottery Barn Kids or their outlet near you, you can get their oversized Anywhere Chair, OR (my preference) hunt for one on Craigslist. I don't know that they're completely indestructible, but they're pretty darn sturdy, and portable. Not cheap when new, but again, Craigslist!

Anonymous said...

How about a nice rug? One that can be rolled up and stored in a closet, corner when not in use. You could whatever size you need and it could be moved to whatever room you are in at the time!

Jessica, Dayton PA

Marian said...

The only thing I don't know about is "inexpensive", because I've never priced them, but I know another mom who swears by their Love Sac. They are literally indestructible with, I believe, a total guarantee. The use and abuse of hers is a testament to that for sure. They're also much more attractive and comfortable than a regular old bean bag. As for cheap bean bags with pellets inside... well, just don't do it!!

lorismusings said...

The Nanny on television uses a little throw rug. I think she calls it the "naughty rug" which just cracks me up! You wouldn't have to call it that. :-)

Myself, I don't like to use a place that is too comfortable for them. Sometimes I use the bottom - or top stair - depending on where I am. Or, I use an ottoman in our living room or our play room. I can pull it away from the chair or any tables and make a little island of it.

Mike and Katie said...

We just found two of those gaming chairs for $5 each at a garage sale. Those are light weight and portable.

Judy said...

Depending on the child's sensory needs, what about one of those all encompassing sling swings? It envelops the child and provides a feeling of security and pressure (for those needing that).

http://www.takeaswing.com/ts.html

**The first one on the right is sort of what I was talking about :)

OneThankfulMom said...

I've been joking about buying a few big dog beds at Costco and piling them in a corner of our living room for kids to use when resting and/or needing a defined space. Other than the fact that they smell like cedar chips (not all bad), they are reasonably attractive and inexpensive.