Job grounding is a way to discipline 10- to 16-year-old children who are too old for time-outs. If your child misbehaves, he is grounded until he completes a job. Your child decides how long it will be until he completes the job and gets privileges back. Since spending time with friends is important to kids at this age, job grounding can be an effective form of discipline.
Here’s how to get started.
If your child argues or objects strongly to the job card, let him know that if he continues, you will give him another job card. Avoid arguing and walk away if he continues to complain after giving him another job card.
If the grounding seems to be lasting too long, make sure that your child's life is dull during the grounding. If you plan a family outing, get a baby sitter and leave your grounded child at home. Make sure you are not giving your child more attention when he’s grounded than when he behaves well.