Sarah Holmboe, M.A.,
YSB Parent Education Coordinator
Picture this: your teenager comes home past curfew and finds himself grounded for two weeks. He isn’t allowed to leave the house or contact his friends outside of school.
It seems like a good plan... until the two weeks are up and he decides to stay out even later than before. He may think, “I was only grounded for two weeks. What’s the big deal?”
Grounding is one of the many discipline strategies parents turn to when their teens make poor decisions.
So why does “You’re grounded!” never seem to work so well, and what can parents try instead?