The TimeOut Papers


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The TimeOut Papers teach children how to respond to life’s mistakes, how to grow their souls and receive awards for virtuous accomplishments.

Otherwise known as “the mistake papers,” these succinct little writings are suitable for children aged four and up. They explain why a particular action carried out by a child was improper or sinful, provide a prayer to atone for the mistake with God, and offer suggestions as to what the child can do next to rectify the situation with their neighbor. Along with the little prayers asking God for help are corresponding scripture verses that offer hope and a path toward behavioral change. 

The papers are designed to be read to the younger child within earshot of their older siblings and friends. There are writing exercises as well which sharpen children’s writing skills as they absorb crucial moral and behavioral lessons.

The easy-to-use papers cover the full range of behaviors that every child needs to learn in order to become fully functioning members of the home and society at large. Categories include 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 specific moral challenges and behavioral obstacles that all children face.

Parents and caregivers respond to a child’s miscue with a simple, “You have earned a paper!” This frees them from angry words and opens up a page of wisdom and prayer that turn potential heated exchanges into teaching moments with The Holy Spirit. Simply select the appropriate timeout paper from the table of contents and begin teaching from the handy little book that fits in your purse.

“Reward papers” are also included which can be photocopied and given to the child at meal time or bed time. Rewards provide important personal recognition of a virtue gained with a scripture that reinforces the richness of the particular virtue for the soul.

In addition, a one-page daily “Examine” teaches children how consider their days, evaluate their behaviors and deepen their interior lives so that they can live in Christ while finding happiness and fulfillment here on planet earth.

Finally, author Sally Follett provides parents and caregivers with colored instruction sheets that can be quickly understood and used for a lifetime of virtuous teaching. The papers have been written so that any Christian of any denomination will feel comfortable teaching with them. They reflect the gospel way of life and are suitable for church groups, parent groups and Christian school use.

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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
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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