Grounding (punishment)

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Grounding is a common punishment for children (especially older children) or 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 house with the exception of required activities such as education (in school unless if a child gets suspended or expelled), chores such as yard work (such as mowing the lawn, washing the dishes, etc), meals, church, dentist or doctor appointments and other important activities. Occasionally, it is also combined with the withdrawal of certain privileges and objects.

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 situations.

Another form of grounding is giving extra chores/wide ranges of educational work suitable for the child's grade level, and if a child says a swear word and/or lies to his/her parents, hotsaucing or washing out mouth with soap also applies. Children even get sent to their room/bed early or given a warning or a spanking. The goal of this punishment, opposite of physical discipline is that parents teach children or teens to correct their actions (such as throwing pencils at another student, disturbances, throwing dangerous objects, pulling the fire alarm when there is no fire, saying bad language, making inappropriate content on the Internet, making false testimony, false alarm, cheating on exams, lying, disrespect, racism, vandalism, rudeness, discrimination etc.) with consequences such as taking freedom, privileges and objects away.[1]

References to invocation of grounding is common in popular culture, and is often demonstrated in television shows (even cartoons).


  1. ^ Dell'Antonia, KJ (August 8, 2012) "Grounded? Thank Mom and Dad". The New York Times. Accessed March 15, 2015.