grounded letterMoms, it's time we start thinking outside of the box when it comes to grounding our kids. Sending them up to their rooms, particularly when they've got iEverything in there, doesn't seem to be very effective. And the whole shaming them and making them wear some sort of sign in public trend? Just plain mean. So, what are we to do?

Make grounding work for us!

After she grounded her three kids for being late to school, a mom named Lynette came up with the genius idea of creating a points-system for her children if they wanted to get "ungrounded." If Ashley, Ryan, and Adam wanted their freedom back, they needed to earn 500 points (each), which is done via various chores.

Check out the clever chart Lynette devised:

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Great idea, right? Instead of being stuck in the house with your brooding, moping teen, you get a clean house, a hot meal, and a note ... just because. Lynette wrote on her blog that her plan is going off like gangbusters:

This worked out better than I could have ever imagined! My oldest son got right to work and earned his 500 points in one day. The other two are getting closer and working hard too! We had a nice dinner last night prepared by my son. I found super nice letters on my pillow last night, and my house is looking SO much better! 

Noted. Great way to teach your kids a lesson ... and even better way to get a sparkly-shiny home (and a yummy dinner!) without lifting a finger. Hat tip to you, Lynette.

What grounding techniques have you used on your kids?

 

Image via Lynette's New Hobby