Grounding is a discipline technique which many parents use when their children have gone against their wishes. They can forbid them from attending social events – parties, sleepovers, play-dates for a specific period of time (long enough for them to reflect on their behaviour) or they can stop their children doing certain activities – watching television, using the wii or playstation, any ‘punishment’ that the parent thinks their child will learn from.
Some children hate to be grounded – after all their friends can still do what they can’t and they can’t wait for the grounding period to be over. Other children see the grounding as a challenge. They will try and find a way to still see their friends or use the electronic device they were banned from.
I am not a fan of grounding as I am not sure that it is effective as a behaviour management tool. I think that there are more effective ways of teaching a child that rules are there to be followed and that if they are not happy with them then they need to be re-visited.
So how effective do you think grounding is? Should we use groundings and if so when? Do you use it now?