A New Idea For Grounding Children

Disciplining children is SO hard!  What to do?  How to do it?  After raising my children and teaching for 27 years, I have learned a lot about disciplining!  I would say that the hardest part of teaching was keeping 30 children focused and learning all at one time — all day!!!!!  I learned a lot about discipline.  I saw a chart about grounding children the other day.  I liked the idea and some of their choices.  I loved the idea of having to work to get ungrounded and not sitting at home or in their room.  I also like the idea of helping others.  It’s a wonderful lesson for children to learn.  I am sharing my idea of what this chart would look like for me.  I hope that you will think about your own family and make whatever changes you want to make it work for them.

Oh No!

You Got Grounded

To get ungrounded, you must earn 500 points.

Sit down with parents and discuss what you could different next time –100 points.

Write a letter to grandparents or other family members — 20 points

Help a sibling with their homework –20 points

Help Mom with dinner — 25 points

Do a load of laundry (wash, dry, fold, put away) — 100 points

Empty dishwasher — 10 points

Take out garbage and rebag — 20 points

Clean and vacuum living room/family room — 30 points

Help a senior citizen — 100 points

Clean/organize bedroom — 50 points

Read to or with a sibling — 25 points

Read to or with a parent — 25 points

Set the table, clean off the table and help with dishes –30 points

Play a game with the family/sibling (no arguing/fighting) — 20 points

Shovel snow or cut grass (if old enough) — 100 points

You can add or change any of these ideas, but it gives you a guide.  I love the idea of working to get ungrounded and I love the first idea.  I’m really big on teaching children about choices and thinking about what they could do differently, I feel,  it is important.  Especially, if they can sit down with parents in a positive way and THEY talk about what THEY could do differently :)  I believe it’s important for children to self-evaluate their behavior and see what they could do differently :)

Hope You Like it!

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One comment

  1. Kathy Elstad said:

    Thank you! I agree — wee steps :) Hope you come back :)

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