Punishment is one part of discipline.
When you take something away replace it with something constructive.
In our digital age, many parents use as a punishment the withholding of video games or other digital devices. Not that there is anything wrong with punishment per se, as many self-proclaimed parenting experts might contend, but punishment is only one component of the greater and more fruitful objective known as discipline.
Without filling the void with an activity that engages your child’s brain in a completely different direction- simply removing the videogame leaves your child the mental margin to continue practicing the game in their mind. That is when we miss an opportunity to squelch their growing appetite for digital pleasure. A reading assignment or a project that requires physical or mental labor are just two of many great options.
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