Parents often rely on old-fashioned grounding to punish their unruly teens. After a few friendless weekends, however, teens become immune to the discipline, and their bad behavior continues. Before you fill out the application for reform school, take a breath and try some alternative methods. Tested and approved by moms, here are some punishments to dole out when grounding no longer does the trick.
Have Him Give Back
For a punishment that doubles as a good deed, have your child participate in community service. "When he is disrespectful to me or any other adult, he has to do community service," Angie K. says of her son. "He's out there for about five hours. He hates doing it, but it gives him plenty of time to think about his behavior and how he should adjust it."
Go On Strike
Sick of all the disrespect? Show your teen what it's like to live without you. To teach her son about parental appreciation, Donna J. went on strike. "I did the cooking, but stopped the taxi service, the laundry, the dishes, etc.," she says. "We have had a much cheerier, helpful son since."