Disciplining or punishing a child for doing something wrong is a tricky and a daunting task.
Coming up with a punishment that will teach your kid not to commit the mistake again but isn’t too harsh that it leaves a scar in their heart and mind for life is tough business.
Among, the best ways are ones that embarrass a child so that they are too mortified to consider falling foul of their parents again.
Here are some of the punishments that worked for us and am sure each one of us relate to these, because our parents made sure to put us through these, not so torturous yet super embarrassing situations. Some of these punishments worked very well and some not. Having said that lets give it to our parents after all these punishments came in no book or guide and it was just the path of trial and error they were treading on.
Have a read about these punishments and not only will you feel nostalgic about them but also smile at the same time recalling how you felt back then:
- TAKING AWAY YOUR FAVOURITE TOY/OBJECT OF DESIRE
Yes we all have faced this..Taking away the toy used to happen while we were very young but as we grew our parents knew what attracts us the most n just when you would misbehave….Swishhh…!! your favourite game would just vanish and you would have not seen it again till you pleaded your way to it and showed some behaviour change.
- NOT BUYING YOU WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN LONGING FOR
Yes!! that entire melodrama and those throwing a fit sessions for new clothes, shoes or phone just got wasted and in vain because you misbehaved, disrespected or performed poorly in your test. This would have happened to all of us because this was the best and sure shot way our parents thought could bring us back on track.
- BEING BANNED FROM GOING FOR THE BIG DAY IN YOUR SCHOOL
Be it bidding farewell to seniors or a prom night in school or a continuation party after the farewell. Our parents always have known to hit where it hits the most. Picture this…You and your bunch of friends have been planning about what to wear and do at the farewell party since months but one wrong move from your end and….Bammm…All your friends will go and you will sit back home and sulk.
- CONFISCATING YOUR CELL PHONE
This one am sure we all have dreaded the most. After all taking our phone meant taking away our lifeline to survival. No calls and messages from friends and that special some one obviously was the last thing we ever wanted. But there were always some over smarter ones among all of us who had a spare phone for such “just in case” situations.
- BEING GROUNDED FOR 10 DAYS STRAIGHT
Imagine being confined to the four walls of your home and staring at either books or the ceiling all day.. This was the worst ever and most severe form of punishment our folks gave us. Staying at home and not meeting another human other than our parents was so brutal and barbaric in nature 😉
The world seemed like a completely different place after 10 days of confinement.
P.s (Using abusive language or physically hitting your child in name of discipline is not accepted or the done thing. The bruises on your child’s body will heal with time but the scars you leave on their mind will be everlasting. DONOT physically torture your child to discipline or to bring about behavioural changes. You will end up doing a lot more harm than good.)