A Punishment that WORKS
When kids get into trouble, parents are always trying to think of appropriate punishments. We take away outside time, friends, toys, and sports. Many times the punishment is a punishment for the parents (and other kids in the family).
Kids need outside time to run and play after being in school all day. I can’t take my son’s school issued computer away because he uses it for schoolwork. It’s hard to come up with a good punishment that works. I would make a no outside punishment, but then something would come up. My son would have a fundraiser and have to go door to door. I would have to take a sibling to soccer practice.
The punishment never worked and he was still outside. Here’s a punishment that works!
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A punishment that works
I was talking with my sister-in-law and she told me about a punishment that works and it doesn’t punish you too. It’s so simple and I’m doing this next time. Instead of grounding or taking away the tablets you just put them to bed early. We aren’t talking 30 minutes early. I’m talking about painfully early. My oldest son is 10 and usually gets to bed around 9 (our bus doesn’t come until 8, so we aren’t super early risers). His bedtime would be 7 o’clock. No books. No electronics. Nothing.
I thought this was a genius idea. This would kill him when his brother and sister get to stay up later than he does. I love that this really doesn’t affect other people in the house. Instead of no outside time for the week, I’m going to try 2 or 3 days of early bedtime and test this out.
Update: I put my middle child (who’s 10) to bed before 6:00 on Wednesday night. He was asleep by 6:30 and must have been exhausted. He woke up at 6:30 the next morning ready to go. The other kids commented they would have hated going to bed that early. I think it worked and I WILL be using this again!
Here are my boys now!
I wrote this a couple of years ago and my oldest is 13! This is when we were on vacation this summer in Cooperstown, NY. My husband and I still put them to bed early if they aren’t behaving. They hate it, but we know if works so we stick with it.
Has anyone tried this? Do you think it will work?
I have a parenting Pinterest board where I’ve saved tips and tricks for parents. I even have one just for teens and tweens. Follow me on Pinterest here. There are tons of new ideas, tips, crafts, and activities. I usually don’t save many things for younger kids since my youngest is 8 now, so if you have kids that are growing up like mine, then head over there and follow and you can see those in your feed. There are also a ton of recipes and dinners that are quick and easy for those busy school nights!
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