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Within a Domestic Discipline marriage, there are several different types of punishments that can be administered, most of which are pretty straight forward. I plan on going into elaborate detail with each one, and we'll start with one of the most basic punishments - corner time (also referred to as a time out).
Corner time (or time out) is probably exactly what you're thinking. The wife stands in a corner of a room for a period of time. The idea is for her to think about what she did wrong and WHY it's a problem without distractions. There is a lot more to it than just having her stand in the corner for a few minutes. I'll break this punishment down step-by-step in just a moment.
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On to the break down.
Step 1: Once the husband decides to use corner time as punishment, it's recommended he communicate a couple of things to his wife before she stands in the corner. First, it's important he tell her why she's in trouble, and what her punishment is. "Honey, since you are clearly having a hard time listening, you need to spend a few minutes in the corner and think about why it's important to listen to me." Second, it's important he tell her how to handle the situation next time. "All I asked you to do was turn down the volume so I can focus on what I'm doing. Very simple. The last thing we need is this turning into an argument. A few minutes in the corner should be enough time for you to think about your behavior and why it's a problem."
Step 2: The husband must determine the length of time his wife must stand in the corner. It's recommended the starting time be seven minutes, and then adding or subtracting time based on how the wife handles herself. I've done this long enough to know that the wife isn't going to go willingly every time she's punished with corner time, so it's recommended the husband only tell his wife to stand in the corner ONE additional time without escalated punishment. If the husband has to tell her twice, it's recommended that 2-3 additional minutes be added. If the husband has to tell her a third time, add 2-3 minutes on top of that. If the husband has to tell her any more than that, then she's clearly indicating she isn't going to cooperate and he'll need to escalate the punishment into bedroom time, or a spanking. BUT, on the same principle, if she goes willingly and doesn't argue, it's recommended the husband bump down the corner time by 2-3 minutes.
Step 3: The wife must stand in the corner for the length of time the husband has determined. It's recommended she do so with her face to the wall to cut out any kind of distraction. She needs to be thinking about her behavior, why it's a problem, and how to fix it. The husband has given her all of that information already in Step 1. It is also recommend that the same corner be used each time this punishment is administered. That way every time this punishment is conducted, she'll know right where to go. If the wife tries to leave the corner, it's recommended the husband add 2-3 minute to the overall length of the corner time punishment.
Step 4: Once the time is up, the husband then lets his wife know her punishment is complete. It's important that the husband give his wife a hug and hold her for a few moments, as well as comfort her and tell her he loves her. It's also important that the husband ask her why she was in trouble and that he gets a clear verbal response from her. "Alright dear - you understand why you had to stand in the corner, right?" It's important she respond with the correct answer so the husband knows the punishment was effective.
Step 5: The husband again reminds his wife on what to do next time. "All you had to do was turn the volume down. There was really no need to be so rude/immature about it. Had you just listened, you wouldn't have been punished. Next time just listen to me so things don't escalate into a punishment or an argument. Understood?" The wife indicates she understands, and the couple continues on with their day.
Like I said earlier, there's a lot more to this than just putting the wife in the corner, as you can see. There's a point behind everything the husband does and says, and it's important he stay as calm as he possibly can. That isn't always easy, but the husband is the one setting the example for his wife so it's very important. This is how it is recommended the corner time punishment be administered.
For more experienced Domestic Discipline couples, there are some corner time escalations to consider as well.
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