Corner time

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Corner time is a short term isolation punishment that is a form of time-out where the child (or adult, e.g. in roleplay) is made to stand in a corner of the room for a period of time. It combines the practical side of time-outs (calming down etc.) with a pose and position of shame and thus can be regarded a form of psychological punishment.

Corner time is a time-out variant that restricts physical movement tightly and enforces complete inactivity for its duration (whereas grounding or being sent to one's room, for example, permit relatively free movement and manifold activities to enjoy oneself and pass the time). It is therefore a popular technique for teaching discipline.

Nose to the wall is a very similar method that is employed where a room offers no suitable corners.

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[edit] Applying the technique

A girl puts her doll in corner time. Illustration by Blanche Fisher Wright.

There are many variants to corner time. The child can face the room isolating them from participation, however usually the punishment is to face the corner, so he or she is further isolated from even observation the rest of the room.

The parent will usually tell the child to go to the corner and stand there still and quiet until he or she is told to go out again. Fidgeting (failure to stand still) during corner time is a frequent cause of extension or escalation of punishment.

Pediatrists and developmental psychologists recommend to give for a short time-out approximately one minute per year of age (e.g. 5 minutes for a 5-year-old, 10 minutes for a 10-year-old. That time may be doubled if necessary if the child pushes their limits during the time-out. To keep easy track of the time, a kitchen timer can be set.

Corner time is considered the most humiliating form of time-out. Additional instructions (popular in roleplay) can be where to place the hands (e.g. hands on head) and how exactly to stand (e.g. legs shoulder-width apart, one foot from the walls).

[edit] Corner time variants

General:

Where to put the hands:

Touching the wall:

  • must not touch the wall
  • must touch the wall(s) with the elbows
  • must touch the wall(s) with the forehead
  • must touch the wall with the nose (e.g. holding a piece of paper)

State of (un)dress:

Other variants:

  • with a spanking implement hung in the corner, in front of the delinquent's eyes
  • with a spanking implement held in the delinquent's hands
  • with a book or other object balanced on the head (to enforce standing perfectly still)
  • with a dunce cap on the head

[edit] Corner time and spanking

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Main article: Corner time before and after

Corner time can be given before or after a spanking, or both.

Before the spanking, it serves to

  1. allow both the child and the parent to calm down,
  2. let the child think about what he or she did and why they deserve the spanking,
  3. give the parent time to prepare the spanking (e.g. fetch the implement of choice).

After the spanking, it

  1. gives the child time for themselves to calm down again and stop crying,
  2. time to think again on what he or she had done,
  3. extends the punishment and humiliation if the child is made to stand in the corner with their red-spanked bottom on display, and is not allowed for the duration of the time-out to rub their bottom.

Corner time can also be given in a break between spankings to give the spanker and/or spankee a rest before administering additional punishment.

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[edit] Corner time in adult roleplay

Like spanking and other types of punishment, corner time is also popular in domestic discipline and adult roleplay.

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