If you've ever watched Jon & Kate Plus 8 (when it was on... so sad), you know that their kids know exactly where to go for Time Out. They have a little rug near the front door that the kids sit on until they are told that they can come out. There is no ambiguity in where they should be, or whether or not they can wander around. Their designated space is the size of a welcome mat and the kids respected the boundaries of the rug.
My friend Lisa (visit her at www.etsy.com/shop/navymango) has come up with an awesome idea called the Discipline Dot (or Naughty Spot!) These adorable circles are made of two different colors of fleece and are easy to take on the go. You can have one on each floor or keep one in the diaper bag to use at Grandma's house or on play dates. It stops you from having to search for an appropriate place to put your child when you want to keep him or her from the rest of the group. Sometimes there aren't any available corners. Problem solved! You can train your child to respect the boundaries of the Discipline Dot whether you're home or away. And at only $6.99 per dot (plus shipping), they are an amazing item to own.
This makes me wonder... if your kids are of 'disciplining age,' what do you do for time outs? How long do you keep them there? What conversations do you have afterwards? What do you use time outs for (versus other punishments or just giving a warning)?