Your kid is grounded, now what? When I was pregnant with my son, everyone that came to my baby shower wrote a little tip, trick or cute little quote about parenting on an index card for me to look at, learn from, etc. People had all kinds of things written on there. Things like:
“Sleep when the baby sleeps”
“Don’t get hung up on what you think you should do; just do what you need to”
All were great pieces of advice, maybe a little cliche, but good advice nonetheless. However, one piece of advice has always remained with me all these years.
“Punishment always hurts you more than them”
I didn’t realize how true that was until my two got older. Sure the tears, as you put a toy in time out because they threw it, stink to listen and rips at your heart, but I learned to tune that out. I mean, they had to learn that you can’t throw toys. But, as they get older, you start to take things away like electronics or grounding them to their room and while it sounds like a good idea at the time, and probably is, it ends up affecting what you need to do too. Thus, hurting you in the process.
It’s become apparent in my house that taking away electronics or not letting my child go their friend’s house on a snow day just doesn’t do it anymore. As I was scanning Facebook one day, I saw a picture of something a parent does so their kid could get “ungrounded”. They had to do various things, worth different point values, to get ungrounded. So I started thinking about it and I thought, if they have to be grounded, rather than saying “you’re grounded for 1 week” and then listen to them go on and on for a week, why not make them do different chores around the house, especially the gross ones that I don’t want to do?
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Free Grounded Child Printable
One of my kids got grounded the other day and I instantly thought about what I saw on Facebook. While that list had things like “write a letter to someone and tell them what you like about them”, I thought that was good and all, but let’s face it, the kid is grounded…they need to work it off. So here is some of what I wrote up quickly for my child:
My list has two other pages full of jobs I don’t want to do. My family room is now dust free; the baseboards in my house are all clean; every doorknob, light switch and remote has been wiped off…it’s awesome! If you think this sounds like something you would like to try, I created an ungrounded printable for you to download that allows you to write in your own jobs and point values! Enjoy!