I gave DS his first time out today because he was disobeying me repeatedly by messing around with our cat's food and water fountain despite me telling him no sternly, removing him and trying to distract him with other stuff. He did this yesterday too and I was worried this was starting to become a game for him and he wouldn't know that when I say no or stop that I really meant it. Since we are not spanking (kind of new territory for me since I grew up with parents and grandparents who spanked) I decided to use time out as last resort.
I put him in his crib for one minute because I thought that is what I recalled to do from Happiest Toddler on the Block. He cried during the time out but seems to be steering clear of the food and water for most part now. I did have to give him a stern no when he wandered over there once more but he backtracked immediately so I'm hoping he made the connection.
Are you doing time outs yet? What is your method? Also if anyone happens to own Happiest Toddler on the Block, do you know specifically what he recommended for this age group regarding time outs? I checked it out from library couple of months ago but I should just buy it because I liked his methods for dealing with tantrums, etc.