If you are finding that time-outs are not working well, see if you have these items covered:
1. Provide a rich, nurturing "time-in" environment (so that the child wants to be there)
2. When you ask your child to take a time-out, make the request unemotionally, using few words.
3. Do not give children attention while they are in time-out.
4. Allow children to leave time-out once they have quieted themselves and feel they are ready to rejoin the family.
5. Be consistent in how time-outs are given.
For more detailed information, please read the article "What Makes Time-Out Work (and Fail)?".