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 or adolescent who is grounded is not allowed to leave their room and/or their house with the exception of required activities such as education (in school unless if a child gets suspended (Out of School Suspension) or expelled), chores (such as mowing the lawn, in-house chores such as washing the dishes, doing laundry, etc), meals, church, dentist or doctor appointments and other important activities. Occasionally, it is also combined with the confiscation and disposal of all his/her 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, grandparents, teachers, neighbors, friends, etc., 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 corrective action, opposite of physical punishment is that children need to learn their lesson and stop misbehavior (such as throwing pencils at another student, disturbances, throwing dangerous objects, pulling the fire alarm when there is no fire, making and or/watching inappropriate/explicit content on the Internet (computer, phone, or tablet in general), not doing his/her homework, false alarm, cheating on and/or failing exams/tests, vandalism, rudeness, hitting, racism, discrimination, disrespect, defiance, etc.) with consequences such as taking freedom, privileges and objects away, washing out mouth with soap, warning, spanking, time-out, etc.[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.