Does it make harm for a seven year old boy to be locked in his room for several hours as a punishment? what are the consequences?


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Jennifer - posted on 07/20/2012




Your kid is going to grow up to hate you, and enclosed spaces. My lovely parents thought this a was a great form of punishment as well. I can't say at 28 I've forgiven them for it. Why are you basically putting your kid in jail? Read some parenting books, talk to someone, something. But locking your kid up is going to cause some emotional issues down the road....

Amy - posted on 07/18/2012




Well if there's a fire and he can't get out because you've locked him in his room than you could probably get into some serious trouble. It probably classifies as emotional abuse, I mean you are potentially denying him the ability to use the bathroom that could lead to medical problems as well.

Like the other moms said send him to his room till he's calm but what is he doing that requires him to be locked in there for hours??? Just seems really severe.

Dove - posted on 07/18/2012




I wouldn't lock a child in his/her room (or any room) for any length of time as a punishment. SEND them to their rooms to calm down or whatever... sure, but not locked up like a criminal.

What is he being locked in his room for? How does he react to this?

Jodi - posted on 07/18/2012




What can a 7 year old do that is so bad that results in them being *locked* in their bedroom for *several* hours?

Cherish - posted on 07/18/2012




Locking a 7 year old in there room is not really punishment if they have toys/games in there.I also feel like it may be abusive emotionally...Tho I am sure you are not trying to be.
If he is having behavior issues you need to focus on the behavior itself....
My favorite parenting book is "parenting with love and logic" and "1-2-3 magic".
Parenting with love and logic talks about natural consequences.
If he is a difficult child,the book "the explosive child" is very helpful

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