WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE GROUNDED
How to Cope With Being Grounded
Everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately, sometimes these mistakes lead you to get grounded by your parents. You can cope with being grounded by thinking about what you've done, showing your parents extra respect, and making the most of your time spent at home. Most importantly, you can learn from your mistakes so you can move forward and never get grounded again.
Your parents are going to care about a sudden switch in behavior, and possibly punish you more.Consider waiting in your room for 20 minutes or so, then go out and talk to them. They should be more calm at that point.
Understand what you did wrong.The whole point of being grounded is so that you learn a lesson. Your parents will be a little more lenient with you if you acknowledge that you did something wrong. Admit that you did something wrong (even if it's hard), apologize and accept your punishment.
Do not cheat your punishment.If you are grounded from the phone for a week, don't sneak on when your parents are gone. You're not going to learn anything, and your parents might double your grounding if they find out. Also, you will lose their trust, which has longer lasting effects then simply being grounded If you try to talk to them they would even ignore you.
Be especially conscious of not screwing up while grounded.The last thing you want is to be caught doing something wrong when you're already in the doghouse. If you usually have to be told to take out the trash, do so without being asked. Increased responsibility during punishment pleases many parents.
Always show respect.While you may be really mad at your mom for unfairly taking away your computer, remember that giving them attitude and talking back is not going to do you any good. They may say provoking comments that make you want to snap, but don't. If they are giving you the silent treatment, accept it and find something else to do.
Find something else to do!If you are used to spending all day online listening to Paramore on Facebook, and your parents have taken away your computer, discover a new hobby, even if only temporarily. Read a book, organize your room, daydream, make a list of things you love/hate, try doing something fun/wacky with your hair. Being grounded doesn't mean you have to be bored.
Use this punishment to avoid the next.If your parents ground you for a week and you absolutely must accept it, then go through it. When the punishment is up, don't run out of the house. This just lets your parents know that they know how to punish you.
QuestionWhat can I do if my parents grounded me from all of my electronics?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou could draw, read, play outside or anything else that you like to do without electronics.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do if my mother said I will be grounded until I show respect and responsibility, and change my attitude?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFollow your mother's directions to show respect and change your attitude. Ask you mother for specific examples of things you can do to show her you are responsible. Then follow through and do them.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I get my anger out without showing that I am really needing a break?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you have a punching bag, then you could punch that. If not, punching a pillow works well too.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do if I am bored when I am grounded?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can read a book or write in a journal. If your parents have not taken away the privilege, then you can watch TV or movies.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do if I'm grounded for over a year but I did nothing wrong?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you have no idea why you're grounded, wait until your parents are not in a bad mood and calmly ask them. If they believe you did something that you didn't do, try to explain your side of the story. If they don't believe you, don't get upset. Try to be patient and revisit the topic in a few days. Then say something like, "It's very important to me that you trust me and that I don't lose your good opinion of me. I swear I had nothing to do with [whatever happened]." You may not convince them of the truth, but they probably won't really make you stay grounded for a whole year.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I get out of being grounded?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou may not be able to get out of being grounded. It depends on what you did, and your parent's tolerance. You can try to tell your side, or you can give them a sincere apology. This might not work, and if it doesn't, then just accept it. The point of being grounded is to learn a lesson, and your parents do it because they want you to learn something and because they love you.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if my parents will not accept an apology?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerGive it a few days for them to cool off and try apologizing again. If they still don't come around, talk to your friends about it. It will give you the courage to move on from what happened and start a new day.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do to have fun if I am grounded?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDepending on what is taken away, you can choose your activities. For an example, if your electronics are taken away, you can take a walk, read, draw, organize/ go through old things, or do any sort of activity that does not require electronics. If you are not allowed to see friends, then try to catch up on things in the house, like chores, etc. Another good thing to do is to clean/go through old clothes or things. Doing school work/focusing on good grades is another thing you can do. So, all in all, it depends what is taken away.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do if my parents yell at me before I can even say anything?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry your best not to cry. Keep a calm composure. Wait for them to finish, and then calmly and respectfully tell them your side of the story. If they still decide to punish you, just accept it. They won't change their mind if you argue.Thanks!
- Remember that your parents still love you a lot, and they are only trying to do what's best for you.
- Of course, a week without a phone is never fun. If you have a long day, it will be even longer. Try to do some things that make you forget for some time about the grounding, or things that pass time.
- If Your'e grounded,Try doing some good deeds like for "Example":washing the dishes making your bed helping your parents clean sweep the floor and other things you can do which will most likely unground you.
- Do not be sarcastic or rude in any of your apologies just to defend yourself or prove a point; this will not get you what you want.
- Do not start a fight and/or argument with your parents it will most likely cause your parents to win the argument and they will severely ground you by taking away your privileges until the month/day/week that your grounding time ends.
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