A mom writes in asking for advice about how best to discipline/punish her teenage daughters. This mom says that the day finally came, and her two teenagers, aged 13 and 15, snuck out of the house at night. Though this mom is understanding — she remembers her own teenage misdeeds and mistakes — she does want to lay down some productive discipline to help teach her daughters about consequences. So what’s a fair punishment for teens who snuck out of the house?
A mom writes in asking for advice about discipline and punishment. This mom, who is currently deployed, said her husband grounded their 6-year-old daughter for the rest of the month because she watched YouTube videos behind his back, despite being told not to do so. While this mom agrees they should punish their daughter, she wanted to ground their daughter for just six days. She feels that her husband grounding their daughter for a month is too harsh for someone her age. Is she wrong?
Finding the most effective way of disciplining your child can be challenging. What works for one child might not work for another, depending on personality, age, and your general parenting style. Like most parenting decisions, it’s up to you and your family to determine what tools make the most sense to use.
A mom writes in asking for advice about her 5-year-old son’s bad behavior. She says things are so bad she basically cannot let her son out of her sight at all. He steals things like forks, tampons, and toilet paper, and recently he broke into her desk and took important papers, a letter opener, and money. She has also caught him on the baby monitor sneaking into his 1-year-old brother’s room and throwing things at the baby in his crib. What can this mom do?
A mom writes in asking for advice about her 4-year-old daughter. She says her daughter will always ask her mom if she loves her after she gets in trouble. Whether she gets put in a time out or ignored or yelled at for bad behavior, her daughter always asks her mom if she loves her. This worries this mom, who thinks maybe something in her actions makes her daughter feel unloved in those moments.
A mom writes in asking for advice about her 9th-grade son, who, she learned, has been cheating at school all year. She says he admits to cheating and feels remorseful, but given that all of his privileges had previously been taken away, she doesn’t know the right course of action when it comes to punishment (corrective action).
A mom writes in asking for advice about her daughter, who has been caught smoking weed multiple times recently. She says that she was caught smoking weed at school, and due to state law, she was taken to jail. But recently, this mom discovered her smoking weed again in the house and doesn’t know how to manage the situation.