Grounding (punishment)

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Grounding is a common punishment for children and teenagers. In some cases it is suggested as an alternative to corporal punishment in the home. Typically a young person who is grounded is not allowed to leave their home or their bedroom, with the exception of school, work, meals, church, homework, dentist or doctor appointments and other important activities. Occasionally it can be combined with the withdrawal of privileges such as the use of cars, sweets, yearbooks, alarm clocks, watches, prom, theme parks, parties, video games, or the Internet. The effectiveness of the punishment in obtaining the desired discipline, like all other punishment, depends on the implementation, severity of the misdemeanor, child, guardian, and specific situation such as if the child lied about a serious situation, hurt someone or a sibling, stole from someone or the parent or got in trouble with the law or failing in school for not doing assignments.

The goal of this punishment, opposite of physical discipline is that parent teaches the child or teen the consequences of their actions by taking privileges away and by taking their freedom away it's more effective.[1]

References to invocation of grounding is common in popular culture, and is often demonstrated in television shows.[2]


  1. ^ Dell'Antonia, KJ (August 8, 2012) "Grounded? Thank Mom and Dad". The New York Times. Accessed March 15, 2015.
  2. ^ Stuever, Hank (November 29, 2011). "Fox’s ‘I Hate My Teenage Daughter’: The feeling is mutual". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 15, 2015. And then she drowns her remorse in pie and later revokes the grounding punishment she’d issued earlier.