All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!
Each parent has a different style when it comes to discipline. This isn’t a post about the merits of those styles, but rather a mocking of an item that I believe is supposed to be used with the 1-2-3 Magic time-out method. In short, the discipline system boils down to a parent counting to three, and then a child earning a time out if she fails to comply with a request.
If you read up on the 1-2-3 Magic method, the time-out is supposed to take place in the kid’s room if the discipline occurs at home. I guess some furniture designers don’t think an entire room is punishment enough, so they have invented a specific chair to put in a kid’s room just for time outs — the Boys Time-Out Chair:
First, why in the world would someone need a specialized chair just for time outs? What is wrong with a kid’s room like the method suggests? Or all the other chairs in a person’s house? Or a spot on the floor? Or the stairs?
Second, and this seems to be a thing with me lately, why does a kid need a gender specific time-out chair? Can’t a kid just have a plain chair that isn’t painted with stereotypical gender items? If you have multiple kids of different genders, are you expected to buy two chairs? Or do girls just never need time outs?
Third, with “time out” emblazoned on it and a child mentally associating it with punishments, a kid isn’t going to use this chair for anything else, ever. I don’t have any evidence to support this claim, but my guess is that a kid will develop a fear of chairs of similar shape and size as this one and quite possibly need counseling for the phobia later in life.
Finally, as far as time-out chairs go (and, there are surprisingly a lot of them on the market) this Boys Time-Out Chair is the bottom of the barrel in comparison to a sand filled hourglass time-out stool you can build yourself. At least that stool serves the function of being a really cool game timer once your kid outgrows time outs as a punishment. From time-out stool to world’s largest egg timer! Weird, but at least a multitasker.
Thanks to reader Samantha for sharing this unitasker with us.