Updated: Jun 30
The majority of parents are baffled about punishing their children. Most of us are guilty of being angry at our kids one minute and the next minute being too nice and patronizing. When you are out of balance, impatient and frustrated, then you are without true love, and no matter what punishment you dish out, it will hurt, not help, your child.
It may sound strange for me to say this, but the best punishment my Dad ever gave me was to put me on restriction or to be grounded!
Just think what being grounded means – being kept from friends, TV, computer, missing out on everything except creative thinking. When I was sixteen, I was grounded for six months. I was so bored that I became creative. My dad offered to buy tools for me if I wanted to learn to make jewelry. Three months and a college class later, I learned the basics of jewelry making and taught myself the rest! By the time I was seventeen, I had become a full-fledged silversmith and started my own business. Being grounded helped keep me away from things that would have prevented me from becoming the person I am!
As a parent, you have to be prepared for being inconvenienced, and you may even have a fight on your hands. Don’t back down for a minute. After your teen is fully bored out of his mind, offer some kind of creative opportunity and see your teen blossom!