In the words of my Grammy, “I don’t want to sound like I’m airing my dirty laundry,” but we’ve been having some behavior issues around here and problems not minding the first time, etc., etc., etc….
And a while back I saw a few Pinterest posts that had some ideas for grounding, including a “Congratulations, You’re Grounded” chore chart. The basic idea is as follows:
- Kid does something wrong
- Kid gets notice from parent with assigned “point value” for wrong doing(s) that they have to “earn” back by doing an assortment of things to get ungrounded
- Kid is grounded from XYZ activities until they’ve earned all of the “points” back
There were a few of these out there already and none of them were exactly what I was looking for and they were all PDFs so they weren’t very easy to edit. The one I liked the best was this one and I wish I could find who actually created it but I haven’t yet. So, if you’re out there, thank you for the great inspiration.
But, like I said, I wanted it to work for us, so I created my own on Excel and then converted it to an editable PDF so I can use it quickly. I’m sharing this with you because so far it’s been very helpful for us. Download the Excel Version or the Editable PDF Version of the You’re Grounded Chore Chart.
Before this, grounding didn’t do that much to correct or prevent behaviors in our house. Now the kids have to actually do something to get ungrounded. You’ll notice that they get an 2 extra points added if they complain. And, yes, Anna has already had some extra points added (and done over 100 points of chores so far) but she’s learning quickly. And, Will…. he’s staying out of trouble for the most part! Obviously, we’re only doing this with the bigs.
The littles…. oh my…. someone should give me some good ideas for getting them to behave too!!!
Hopefully this can help you out if you struggle with discipline being ineffective like we were for a while. I’ll let you know if it continues to be a success.
And, who knows??? Maybe my house will stay cleaner this way too….