The TimeOut Papers

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When my children were young, I used various corrective methods to teach them proper behaviors. But as they grew to four years and older, I realized that simply saying, “Don’t do that” was insufficient. They needed an explanation. 

All parents want their children to grow in virtue, but achieving this end requires calm, careful instruction across a broad range of disciplines, which, of course, is impossible when a parent is angry and a child is screaming.

So I began to write The TimeOut Papers, presented here in an easy-to-use spiral-bound book

If Sam is teasing Mazy and she responds in anger, Sam will enter the TimeOut Zone and copy the paper that reads: “Teasing hurts others and causes hard feelings. . . . Dear God, help me to apologize and do something nice for ________________ to make up for being mean.” And Mazy will learn through her own writing exercise that “ he who has a hasty temper exalts folly (Proverbs 14:29).” 

When various situations arose that required correction, I used this gentle method of “punishment without tears” by either reading the appropriate papers aloud to my younger children or by having my older children copy and read them to me.Through this direct, prayerful process, my children learned to resolve behavioral problems in positive ways that led to virtue and reliance on God. They practiced their penmanship too!

The dozens of papers in this book cover misbehaviors that every child needs to overcome in order to function well at home and in society, including disrespecting parents, talking back, whining, swearing, lying, fighting, name-calling, bullying, slamming doors, complaining about going to church, gossiping, tattling, evading chores, not doing homework, and many more. The book is chock-full of instantly accessible solutions for the problems that all children face. 

If you’re struggling to bring peace and virtue to your home, The TimeOut Papers is a quick source to train your children in the gospel way of life in a way that sitting in a corner or lecturing simply cannot accomplish.

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"Thank God for Sally Follett! As a mother of two little girls, I couldn’t wish for a more timely (or more loving) book to help with discipline. There’s something in here for a multitude of naughty occasions. Even better — Sally offers parents a blueprint for creating their own writing papers when their children’s naughtiness exceeds the limits of these pages."

Camille Pauley
President and CEO, Healing the Culture
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"Good and timely discipline is a way to bring healing into all the moments of family life. Sally did that with her children, and shares that with all parents in this book filled with wisdom."

Dr. Bob Schuchts
JPII Healing Center
  • Pages: 112
  • Format(s): Spiral bound, Sale-priced set
  • ISBN: 978-1-64413-247-0
  • Product Code: 2470
  • Availability: In Stock
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The TimeOut Papers; An Opportunity to Sow the Truth
The idea of timeout is to allow children to have some time to blow off steam and get ready to apologize. Unfortunately all too often children simply use this time to foster anger toward their parents. Instead of learning from their mistakes and moving on, a feeling of indignation is built up that is never truly taken down. At times parents, filled with frustration over this form of punishment, might even feel like throwing the entire concept of TimeOut out the window, but then what? Sally Follet’s The TimeOut Papers gives children and parents a chance to deepen their relationship while getting over the usual strife surrounding punishments. Instead of simply leaving children to their own devices, The TimeOut Papers applies a beautiful and much needed structure to TimeOut. The TimeOut Papers transforms TimeOut from being a time centered around resentment to an opportunity for kids to better understand how certain of their actions hurt those around them. Sins commonly committed by children are covered in The TimeOut Papers, from lying and cheating to belittling others and lacking gratitude. Each wrongdoing is matched with three essential elements in overcoming the particular sin perpetrated. She provides an evaluation of the transgression and its natural consequences, then a simple prayer, and lastly a bible verse directly related to the wrongdoing. This book is a must have for all parents, especially those hoping to raise their kids to truly understand why sin should be avoided.
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Is God is calling you to use Him as the key instrument of discipline in your family? Than this is definitely the right book for you! This book is beautifully written and definitely Christ centered! I am a mother of 3 beautiful children, 15, 9 and 8 year old! This book has transformed my children by the grace of God! I truly believe it should be used in every household as a valuable tool in disciplining and training your children! I love this book! Watch and let God transform your family like He has mine!
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Positive Method of Constructive Correction
I really appreciate this approach as an easy way for parents to use as a system of constructive correction for children. The idea of writing out the consequences of poor behavior choices gives children the opportunity to think about their own actions. Both parents and children are learning and growing together. Highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to see young children grow in faith and wisdom.
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Transform your parenting challenges into powerful opportunities.
Sally’s TimeOut Papers will transform your parenting challenges into powerful opportunities to build up your child’s character as well as your own. This is the 'manual' that I wished God provided for each of my seven children; thankfully it’s just in time for my grandchildren.
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This book is worth the investment.....
The Timeout Papers is a fantastic resource. I found it helpful as it gave me a sense on which to see the heart of the child, the youth and adolescent. As I read through each paper, I was touched with how applicable this could be to my own prayer life. They are gentle reminders to the youth of how to live a virtuous life. I continue to ponder how I can implement this in the parish catechetical programs in which I serve. One resource, which is found at the back of the book, is the examen prayer for youth, and honestly I look forward to teaching parents and their child to do this on a daily basis. Sally captures the heart of the child and the parent in this collection of Timeout Papers. This book is worth the investment for any parent, teacher, or person on the path to holiness. God bless!
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