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Let's Argue Over Whether Or Not You Should Ground Your Kid In These 13 Scenarios

No, they're not allowed out when they're grounded.

  1. 1. Your 17-year-old comes home from a party totally wasted, but they got a sober friend to drive them. Do you ground them?

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1. Your 17-year-old comes home from a party totally wasted, but they got a sober friend to drive them. Do you ground them?
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    No, it was at least responsible of them not to drive after drinking. I'll let it slide this time.
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    I'm totally grounding them!!
  1. 2. Your 15-year-old watches a raunchy R-rated comedy movie at a sleepover without asking you for permission first. Do you ground them?

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2. Your 15-year-old watches a raunchy R-rated comedy movie at a sleepover without asking you for permission first. Do you ground them?
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    Nah. It probably wasn't anything THAT bad.
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    Grounding time!
  1. 3. Your 18-year-old told you they were sleeping over at a friend's house after senior prom, but it turns out they really spent the night at a hotel with their significant other. Do you ground them?

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3. Your 18-year-old told you they were sleeping over at a friend's house after senior prom, but it turns out they really spent the night at a hotel with their significant other. Do you ground them?
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    No β€” prom night is prom night and teens will be teens.
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    Ground ground ground!!!!
  1. 4. You caught your 11-year-old up watching TV at 1 a.m. on a school night. Do you ground them?

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4. You caught your 11-year-old up watching TV at 1 a.m. on a school night. Do you ground them?
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    Nah, I'll just tell them to go to bed.
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    That's not okay β€” they're grounded!
  1. 5. Your 16-year-old snuck their significant other in their room late at night. However, there's a big concert this weekend they've been looking forward to forever and it would kill them to miss it. Do you ground them?

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5. Your 16-year-old snuck their significant other in their room late at night. However, there's a big concert this weekend they've been looking forward to forever and it would kill them to miss it. Do you ground them?
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    I'll let them off the hook just this once.
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    Concert shmoncert! They're SO grounded.
  1. 6. Your 14-year-old blew off studying for an important exam to go hang out with their friends and got a really bad grade as a result. Do you ground them?

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6. Your 14-year-old blew off studying for an important exam to go hang out with their friends and got a really bad grade as a result. Do you ground them?
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    No, the bad grade is already a punishment by itself. There's no point in grounding them if they learned their lesson.
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    Yeah, it was irresponsible β€” I'd ground them.
  1. 7. Your 18-year-old skipped school and drove to the beach with their friends for "Senior Ditch Day" without telling you. Do you ground them?

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7. Your 18-year-old skipped school and drove to the beach with their friends for "Senior Ditch Day" without telling you. Do you ground them?
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    Nahhh, that's a right of passage.
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    Knock-knock! Grounding o'clock!
  1. 8. Your 10-year-old didn't do their chores all week, even though you reminded them several times. Do you ground them?

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8. Your 10-year-old didn't do their chores all week, even though you reminded them several times. Do you ground them?
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    No, it's not that big of a deal. They're still young and learning responsibility.
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    Sounds like it's time to ground!
  1. 9. You find out through social media that your 17-year-old threw a big party when you were out of town almost a year ago. Do you ground them?

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9. You find out through social media that your 17-year-old threw a big party when you were out of town almost a year ago. Do you ground them?
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    No, if nothing disastrous happened, then it's not worth grounding them over it all this time later.
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    They are SO grounded!!!
  1. 10. Your 12-year-old made an Instagram account even though you told them they're not allowed to have one until they're 13. Do you ground them?

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10. Your 12-year-old made an Instagram account even though you told them they're not allowed to have one until they're 13. Do you ground them?
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    No, I'll just make them delete the app.
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    Yeah, they know the rules! They're grounded!
  1. 11. You find your 18-year-old smoking weed with their friends in the backyard. Do you ground them?

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11. You find your 18-year-old smoking weed with their friends in the backyard. Do you ground them?
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    No, it's not a big deal.
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    Oh, they're definitely grounded.
  1. 12. You find out your 14-year-old has a secret significant other even though they're not allowed to date until they're 16. Do you ground them?

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12. You find out your 14-year-old has a secret significant other even though they're not allowed to date until they're 16. Do you ground them?
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    No, that would just give them more reason to sneak around. I'll just talk to them instead.
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    Yeah, they broke the rules β€” they're grounded.
  1. 13. And finally, you find your 16-year-old's secret Finsta (fake Instagram) and see a bunch of posts of them partying and doing all kinds of teenage shenanigans. Do you ground them?

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13. And finally, you find your 16-year-old's secret Finsta (fake Instagram) and see a bunch of posts of them partying and doing all kinds of teenage shenanigans. Do you ground them?
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    I am 1000% bleaching my eyes and pretending I did not see it.
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    What's more grounded than grounding? Because that's what they're gonna be!

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