How To Stop Your Child From Using Your Appliances
If your child doesn’t like to use your appliances, you may want to consider having them locked up for the next two weeks.
In a new report released by the Pew Research Center, the agency found that nearly one-third of American households with children under the age of 18 had locked up appliances in the past year.
Nearly two-thirds of households with kids under the old age of 16 also reported that their children were locked up in their homes for more than a month.
The report notes that these households are also more likely to be single parent households.
According to Pew, children living with a single parent or a family with no children were more than four times more likely than children living in two-parent households to be locked up at home for more the same period.
Pew also found that children living alone were more likely — but not nearly as likely — to be imprisoned in their own homes.
This suggests that these young people may not have been able to control their behavior, or perhaps were even more likely not to comply with police orders to stay away from their own home.
There is also a long-standing belief among parents that locking up their children is a way of disciplining them.
That’s certainly not the case, according to the report.
More than one-quarter of parents of children under 16 who locked up their household appliances reported having tried to discipline their children, but were unsuccessful, or that the children had been acting in a way that did not conform to their own expectations of behavior.
When a child has trouble complying with orders or being treated with respect, the report says, the problem is likely to get worse.
“It is possible that the parent who locked the child up did not do so for a legitimate reason,” Pew reports.
One of the most important things parents can do to ensure their children are being safe, the authors note, is to help their kids understand their rights and responsibilities when it comes to home security.
While it’s important for parents to keep their children home from time to time, the study notes that children should not be locked away in their parents’ homes for longer than they are needed.
It is also important to keep in mind that locking a child in a home for a prolonged period of time may have a detrimental effect on their mental health.
Parents should also be aware that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has been advocating for more time for children to be able to leave the home, the AP notes.
You can find more details about the study here.