Creative Punishments for Children

Jan 5th 2021


10 min read


If your children are naughty and they make you lose your patience several times in a day, you know that it is time for you to take action. Sometimes, being strict means you should punish them every time they do something wrong.

However, when you speak of punishment, it doesn’t mean you need to be harsh or hurt them. Yelling and spanking are known to have detrimental effects on children. It can lead to psychological and behavioral problems in children and might even result to stress-related issues, low self-esteem, and aggression later on in life. Remember that the purpose of punishment is not to make your children scared of you. Instead, the goal here is to teach and reinforce good behavior.

Here are 5 creative punishments for your kids that will have a positive impact on them and make them understand what they did wrong, what makes it wrong, and how they can correct it.


The first punishment isn’t something that all kids like, especially those who are not fond of exercising. However, this punishment will teach them the consequences of their wrongdoings. For instance, if your daughter leaves the dirty dishes on the table even after you told her not to, you can make her skip a rope.


This is a win-win situation. Not only will you teach them what they did wrong but also squeeze a bit of exercise in there for your kids. Just make sure that this is not overdone to prevent muscle fatigue in kids.

Punishment Jar

Talk to your kid and list down creative punishments. Write these down on pieces of paper and place them in a jar. Don't include daily chores as punishments. Every time your child misbehaves, ask them to choose a paper from the punishment jar then do the punishment written there. This way, your child has already bought into the concept or is familiar with it ahead of time so they are more likely to comply.


The punishments can help kids learn new things or use their time in a better way. Good examples of easy punishments include doing the dishes, taking out the trash, and cleaning the room.

Role Reversal

The role reversal game is fun but you can also tweak this game to make your kids do some boring one-off tasks (not daily chores) such as vacuuming or organizing an old store room. Here, your kid will lead the way and give directives while doing most of the work and you will be the one to act as the child.


You can set time-off and ground rules ahead of time so your kids wouldn’t go all out once your roles have been reversed. It can teach them what is expected from them once they act as grownups.

Early Bedtime

Early bedtime is a punishment that works well for older and little kids. Kids hate sleeping because they love to play instead. So, whenever they misbehave, inform them that you will cut down their playtime and they need to sleep early.


This way, they will learn that behaving well can give them more playtime.

Punishments don’t always have to be harsh. Use these creative approaches to condition your kids to become well-behaved adults.

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