First, the most important thing to do is communicate with your child. Go over the rules and expectations for behavior to make them completely clear.
Ensure that the consequence you give them makes sense. For example, if your child refuses to share the family tablet with their sibling, an appropriate punishment would be to take it away from them.
Now, if you declared their consequence was that they couldn’t go to a friend’s birthday party, your child will probably be confused because the two events have no correlation with each other.
They will think this punishment came way out of left field and may end up feeling the need to walk on eggshells around you.
Furthermore, punishments that are too harsh can lead your child to harbor resentment and anger toward you. If you’re not careful, overdoing the grounding can damage your relationship with them.
To keep the grounding effective, you must ensure your kid understands the rules, establish a clear link between the actions and consequences, and avoid using grounding as a threat to cause fear.
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