How Parents are Punished by Modern Discipline

How Parents are Punished by Modern Discipline

Last week I shared 15 ideas for family bonding. We have a close-knit family but as I said in that feature, we do have rules and rules sometimes get broken. My first job is to be a good parent and sometimes that means making difficult decisions. Discipline is difficult for many reasons, but mostly because everyone suffers in hopes that a long term lesson is learned. The nature of modern discipline methods is that we take away some of the luxuries in the child’s life. Unfortunately, some of those are luxuries for the parents as well.

Things are far different for kids of this generation than it was for mine. Discipline in the 70’s meant you either received a spanking (hand, wooden spoon and belt were the most common) or had your mouth washed out with soap. We weren’t grounded from going outside because our parents WANTED us to be outside. We weren’t assigned extra chores because we were already expected to do all the things our parents expected us to do. We weren’t usually grounded from television or electronics because (1) there weren’t any electronics besides television and (2) the only time we cared what was on TV was on Saturday morning. However, modern discipline doesn’t involve any type of corporal punishment but instead typically revolves around electronics, specifically kids’ phones.

Despite having two wonderful daughters, there is always room for growth. Sometimes it’s something vocal like talking back. Disrespect is absolutely unacceptable. Other times, it’s failure to do something. My girls don’t get allowances because they are either expected to contribute to the household or they’re expected to get “homework” done. Homework refers to anything relating to school or assignments and practice time as recommended by their music instructors. We also have a puppy now and the girls are learning that a puppy is a big responsibility. But life extends beyond normal chores (I don’t want to have to remind anyone to brush their teeth), beyond the puppy (it’s a living, breathing creature that needs to be fed, bathed, walked and played with) and beyond schoolwork (extra curricular activities and socializing are the first to go when grades slip). The divide often comes when their chores and schoolwork aren’t completed because they’ve been distracted by a device.

That makes me livid. No matter how many times I say that they shouldn’t have electronics in front of them when they’re eating, working, getting ready for bed or whatever, it falls on deaf ears. So we do what every reasonable parent would do and we remove the distraction. Modern discipline at work: Devices are grounded until good behaviors take root and bad behaviors are put into check.

But what happens is that we all suffer. While the girls do not have their devices for all the things they love to do, there are benefits for parents when kids have phones. I like knowing where they are and when they arrive at or leave school. I like being able to contact them via text. I like that we share a calendar and can confirm they aren’t missing appointments. I like that the high school uses devices to communicate with the students. I like that a device is easier to carry than a textbook. The phone isn’t only for them, it’s for me too. So when they get grounded from it, I struggle as well. And that’s just frustrating. But what can we do? What other way can we get through to them?

As much as modern discipline has changed over the years, I know when kids hit a certain point it circles back to the way it was when I was growing up…

…When you break the rules, you lose car privileges.

How do you discipline your children?

Nicole

About Nicole

Founder and owner of SAHMReviews.com, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked as an ambassador for brands such as Netflix, U.S. Cellular and K'NEX, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two beautiful teen daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere playing board games.

27 comments on «How Parents are Punished by Modern Discipline»

  1. James says:

    Discipline is tough and we’re finding that it’s a child by child situation… there is no one size fits all.

  2. Tami says:

    The parent is going to suffer no matter the form of discipline. I have found that grounding my daughter from her phone is the best measure. I do allow her to take it to contact me from school, but the entire time she’s home, the phone is with me.

  3. Things have changed a lot since the 70s! I think limiting or removing devices from your child for a period of time is an effective disciplinary tool.

  4. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    I think parents should play a big role regarding their kids’ use of their devices. As attached as they are to them, limiting their use as a way to instill discipline in them.

  5. Sparks says:

    Nice article. Our kids are still young but the methods are still very similar. Parents always have to be willing to follow through on punishments, even if it means parents also miss out. Be mindful of what punishments are said, even in the heat of a moment.

  6. brody says:

    awesome lessons learned! We have small ones right now and we just never let them watch tv or use electronics when little as they are just not needed. Now with a 3 1/2 year old we let her watch 1 oe 2 shows before going to bed, and thats not even everyday.

  7. Maggie says:

    It really depends on the child. Every child responds differently to different things. Example: my brother hated being sent to his room, but if wasn’t effective for me cause I liked being alone with my books.

  8. Neely says:

    I have a toddler so we are now working on discipline and it’s so hard to find the sweet spot. I wish I had advice but I have zero idea what I’m doing

  9. Dave Blizzard says:

    I think limiting time on electronic devices is excellent and limiting even more as a discipline.

  10. Debbie Welchert says:

    Oh my gosh, my grandchildren are all addicted to electronic devices. My grandson is a total monster when he is playing games on it and when it’s taken away to discipline him, he’s still a total monster until he figures out he has to be nice to get it back. I’m just glad I got to raise my daughter without all the electronic devices. She got to go outside and explore and have fun.

  11. Limiting electronics is essential when it comes to children.

  12. Sandy Klocinski says:

    Disciplining a child is always tough. Sometimes taking away a cell phone or other electronic device can be as hard on the parent as it is on the child. Follow through is important though, no matter how much the child whines, begs or mopes

  13. Caroline Lennek says:

    My children are all grown up now with children of their own. We disciplined them based upon the severity of the transgression, the most serious being a safety violation. For the most part it was generally removing a privilege based on their age (anything from sitting in the corner to taking away a toy). I can understand why parents today need to use the limitation of the device in their kids lives as a discipline tactic.

  14. Vickie Gallo says:

    Discipline is hard and always makes a parent feel guilty, but usually necessary in some kind of form to make it a teaching/learning moment.

  15. Karen Propes says:

    I agree, I think limiting electronics is a big thing. Kids need to learn they can’t do them anytime. Homework comes first and helping around the house like cleaning their room. Without the discipline, they won’t learn how to interact with others especially Teachers and Supervisors later in life.

  16. Paula Pennachio says:

    I know when my little one is grounded she will harrass me and pester me it makes me end punishment sooner

  17. Stephania puntiel says:

    Un excelente articulo ❤

  18. Nancy Rexroad says:

    Send to room.

  19. Nancy Rexroad says:

    No going out for few days.

  20. Julie Waldron says:

    My girls are older, in their 20’s. When they were younger, they had privileges taken away as punishment.

  21. Trey LaCaze says:

    Taking away privilages seems to work

  22. Tamra Gibson says:

    I think.as a parent we all hurt when we have to discipline our children but, if we wants whats best for them we will do it. As far as electronics I rarely see a big benefit in a child having them
    For school yes but other than that I think too many parents have used electronics for a way to occupy their children verses letting electronics be a bonus. This is just my opinion

    1. Nicole says:

      I completely understand your viewpoint, Tamra, and I agree that many people use electronics as digital babysitters. We’ve been fortunate that we can make time to engage with our kids in other ways offline (mainly board games). While they spend a good amount of time on their devices, it’s well-balanced.

  23. Josh Christian says:

    We’ve instituted a rewards system. When the kids are doing their chores, getting their homework down, and generally behaving well, etc. they earn tickets. When they’ve been especially good, or done something helpful without being asked, they earn extra tickets. When they need to be punished, they lose tickets.

    Tickets can be cashed in (at varying “prices”) for rewards (visits to bouncy houses, going to see a movie, swinging by the ice cream store, etc.).

  24. Joy Venters says:

    Limiting time on their favorite device is about the only recourse you have

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