What do you think of this punishment? Time out for this long - Too much or no?
My sister told me this weekend there was a big fight in their house. Her daughter is 17 and was working on an intricate diorama for her final senior science project, work 25% of her grade in the class. It's due next month but she's trying to get ahead on it and she spent literally 20 hours working on it last week. She's been doing it in one of the spare bedrooms in the basement, and my sister made it off limits to the other kids so she could spread her papers/materials out and everything.
Well, obviously when you forbid a room from a kid, it becomes forbidden fruit. Her brother is 7 and snuck down there, touched it and apparently was rough and broke it. He snuck upstairs, tried to lie about it when his sister discovered it, and was caught with that.
For the lying, my sister took away his Xbox for the rest of the month, and after that he'll have to earn it back game by game. Sounds good to me, he's obsessed with that thing. But what I'm torn on is that my sister said his punishment for breaking it when he was told not to go in there is that while his sister makes up the 20 hours, he'll be sitting in total time out. That is, my niece spends 5 hours this Saturday working on it, he'll spend 5 hours in a chair doing nothing.
Does this seem overly harsh to anyone? I'm torn. What he did was horrible but this is a very severe punishment for a 7 year old.