Should We Let Teens Text Their Friends to Tell Them When They’re Grounded?

There’s no denying that cell phones are great for keeping in touch with people in our lives. But the unavoidable fact is that they can also make a few things more complicated in life, especially for parents. There are concerns regarding mental health, tech addiction, and also the ethical question of monitoring a kid’s phone use. Recently, a parent raised a question on social media, as to whether or not grounded kids should be allowed to text or call their friends to let them know. Most of the parents have suggested that this should be allowed. Here are the reasons:

The Other Kids

According to some parents, the parents should also think about those other kids their children are friends with. It’s harsh to have a best friend one day and then be ghosted the next day out of the blue! Friendship is an essential part of life, especially in childhood. So, the sudden absence of a friend can be confusing for the other kids. It can also mentally harm them, even the grounded ones.

The Mental Pressure

Being grounded is a punishment, and like any punishment, it also emotionally weighs down a kid. The added fear of not being able to communicate with their friends to at least let them know about the situation can only contribute to further frustration. On the other hand, the friends who are being ghosted might spend a week thinking that their best friends actually hated them. Such misunderstanding often leads to anxiety, especially for a child. Having a regular friend or family member disappear without a clue brings enough tension and anxiety in adults. When you throw some teenage hormones into it, the situation gets more intense and problematic.

The Monitored Restriction

The solution for all these lies in balanced parental monitoring. In the old days, when there were landlines in households, parents themselves could receive a call and let their kids’ friends know that they were being grounded for some reason. But nowadays, almost all kids possess personal cell phones and parents would only invade their personal space unethically if they try to use them. So, they should allow their kids to inform their friends about the situation. One mom shared that she allows her grounded child to use his cell phone for five minutes during the daytime and evening each day to let him reply to texts. Allowing such restricted tech use is way more helpful than an outright inconsiderate punishment.

Kylie Jenner Offers Parenting Advice to Future Moms

Being the youngest out of the Kar-Jenner clan, Kylie Jenner wasn’t the last of the bunch to have a baby. She kept her entire pregnancy a secret, but since giving birth and showing the public her bundle of joy, she’s been quite open about her experience. Over the years, she’s given quite a lot of advice to moms-to-be.

Kylie Jenner and Stormi
Kylie Jenner Offers Parenting Advice to Future Moms

Kylie Jenner on Pregnancy

When she went to Instagram to explain why she made the choice to keep her pregnancy private, Kylie mentioned that she knew that her baby would feel the everyday stress and emotions, which is why we chose to keep things quiet. She wanted to stay happy and enjoy the moment.

Kylie Jenner Pregnant
Kylie Jenner Offers Parenting Advice to Future Moms

…On Bouncing Back

In 2018, Kylie Jenner told her older sister Kim Kardashian West that she wasn’t happy with the way her body looked after having a baby. She mentioned that she was feeling insecure since her hips spread and that there were a lot of body-shamers that were getting her down. Kylie said that some people wouldn’t understand until they go through it.

…On Being a Working Mom

As a “self-made” billionaire, Kylie Jenner has to live up to the name and continue being a working mom. While she mentioned that it could be tough to manage both work life and mom life, she made sure she did what she could. That’s why she made Stormi her own room at her Kylie Cosmetics office.

Kylie and her daughter at home
Kylie Jenner Offers Parenting Advice to Future Moms

…On Body Acceptance

Over the years, Kylie Jenner has been quite candid when it comes to body acceptance and positivity. She’s talked to Vogue Australia in 2019 about how having a kid changed her relationship with her body. Kylie doesn’t like her ears, but she’s noticed that Stormi had similar ears. She wanted to be an example for her daughter, so she’s trying to love herself more and teach her daughter the same.