2-Year Checkup: Healthy Kids Series

This parenting information is part of the "Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures" series. These fact sheets may be given out by Group Health at routine checkups.


Healthy Habits


Provide a safe environment for your child:


Time outs are the preferred method of discipline.

What is time out?

Immediately put your child in a quiet place for a few minutes after misbehaving. Try not to yell, but use an even, neutral tone of voice.

When do I use it?

When the child exhibits aggressive behavior (hitting, pinching, biting, kicking), disruptive tantrums, or dangerous behaviors.

What do I do for a time out?

How long should I keep my child in a time out?

One minute for every year of age (10 minutes maximum). Use a timer.

What if he or she won't stay in time out?

If your child won't stay in time out, take him or her back quickly and reset the timer. Some children will need to be held in time out (hold shoulders from behind). Tell child that you will stop holding when he or she stops trying to escape. Then avoid eye contact and stop talking. If this does not work, use a bedroom with a gate blocking the door. If you don't have a gate, hold the door closed.

Potty Training

Your child may show interest in potty training at this age.

Your child is ready to start potty training when he or she:

Tips to help your child potty train:

Suggested Resources


Suggested reading

Next well-child visit: 3 years

Adapted with permission from Kaiser Permanente.

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Clinical review by Emily Chao, DO
Group Health
Reviewed 04/01/2013