Rapper T.I. tackled the sensitive issue of corporal punishment of children in his own unique way on Monday’s night’s episode of T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle. As you know, corporal punishment is the intentional infliction of pain on children for the purpose of discipline.
By choosing time out over the barbaric corporal punishment, T.I. demonstrated to the hip hop nation how he disciplines his children without violence.
The episode aired just hours after news reports that a DeKalb County woman was jailed without bond for allegedly beating her 3-year-old granddaughter to death.
The 42-year-old woman who was the girl’s only caretaker told police the child fell in the shower, striking her head. Old scars on the toddler’s body indicated she had been beaten from her head to her calves on previous occasions.
In episode 2, T.I.’s youngest son, Major, 4, used T.I.’s white leather sofa as an art canvas. Rather than beat the child — as most parents would have done — T.I. placed the boy in time out on a king-sized bed which was covered with a 8-piece comforter set for Major to luxuriate during his time out.
Major almost fell asleep on the comfy bed. The purpose of time out is to remove the child from the environment where the bad behavior occurred. Time out is intended to remove positive reinforcement of the behavior.
Major should have been made to sit or stand in a quiet corner with instructions not to move until his time was up. Child experts suggest 1 minute for each year of a child’s age on time out.
Last week, my nephew and I talked about me putting him in time out when he was 7 (he’s 31 now). He said he HATED time outs when he was a kid. Now he chooses time out as a mode of discipline for his 3 children when they misbehave. Time out is a great tool to reinforce positive behavior — when done correctly.
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