See, I think time-outs work in the same way that the sleep stuff works. It's a short term fix that has potential negative consequences farther down the line.
The children in last night's show were acting their worst out of frustration. The mom gave the 2 yr. old wood blocks and he started to throw them into the hallway. She told him, "No! Don't throw the blocks, Billy." so he threw the plastic container. Then she wrenched the blocks out of his hands and he freaked. DUH. Then she put him a time-out.
If throwing the blocks were a problem, why couldn't you give the kid something soft to throw and make that a fun game to play together? "Billy, we can't throw the hard blocks--someone could get an owie! Buuuuuut, [dramatic flourish] we can throw THEEEEESE! TA-DA!" and produce something soft and harmless. Or at a minimum, give the kid a chance to hand over the blocks himself, or remove them gently.
And seriously, the kid DID stop throwing the blocks. He threw an empty plastic container. I didn't see the problem with that. But, I think it was more about the power struggle at that point.
The daughter was punished because she was upset the little brother picked up a toy that she had brought down to play with. She wasn't using it at the time, so the mother just told her basically, "Too bad." Why couldn't they have at least listened to the girls' reasoning? I understand that feeling of wanting to use something first that you've gotten out. I just don't get why they couldn't have talked that situation out. The girl got frustrated and threw down the keyboard she was playing with and the mom accused her of throwing it AT the brother and put her in the naughty room. I didn't think she was aiming at the brother at all--she could've totally clocked him if she'd wanted to.
I just watched all the self-soothing behavior the girl exhibited while in time-out (thumb sucking, hair twirling) and thought it was pretty profound. When she came out of that room she was desperate to re-connect with the mother. I think that's the violation of trust that damages attachment.
And basically setting up a jail cell in my house that can ONLY be used for punishment is something I would run screaming from.