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, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-64413-247-0
  • Product Code: 2470
  • Availability: In Stock
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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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Great for both parents and children - a win/win for both!
Calm and helpful way of sharing with your children what they did, the consequence of the action, repairing the relationship that was harmed, and asking God for help in moving forward. Wish this had been available when my children were younger but will share with family members with young children. Great resource for grandparents as well.
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Practical approach to putting virtue into practice
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Timeout Papers" and while I know this is geared towards children, I found myself contemplating my own behavior and praying for the virtue to do better. The author has provided a thoughtful and practical approach to cultivating virtue not only in our children, but also in parents. Using these papers as a guide to constructively address poor behavior and choices should lead to a a calmer outcome for all family members as well as build up character rather than tear down a child's self-esteem. The modeling of virtue provided in this book is a timely reminder that in all situations, we should seek a positive resolution that is of benefit to both parent and child.
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