If you are not sure how to punish your child, a good rule of thumb is to make the punishments directly related to the offense. For example: if there is a rule that the kids can only watch one hour of television per day and they break the rule, take away their television privileges. If they are not supposed to ride their bike in the street and they do, don’t take their cell phone away or ground them. It would be better to take their bike away for a time.
Tips for Parents: 5 – How to use appropriate punishments.