Consequences for Being Disrespectful to Your Parents

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Showing disrespect comes in many different forms. Talking back, rolling eyes, sticking the tongue out, making rude remarks and disobeying are just a few ways in which a person shows disrespect to his parents.

Disrespectful behaviour is considered highly negative, and there are several consequences a person may face if caught showing disrespect toward a parent.

Logical Consequences

Logical consequences are created when a parent must step in during a child's disrespectful behaviour and hand out punishment accordingly. They are called logical consequences because the consequence is tailored to the nature of the behaviour. Logical consequences are more simply defined as "rules." For example, if a child is yelling at her parents, the parents could step in and tell the child that if she yells one more time that day she will be grounded for a specified amount of time. Or if a child refuses to pick up her toys when asked, one logical consequence for this behaviour is to make the child clean her room over the weekend to replace the fun she could have had.

Natural Consequences

Natural consequences are created out of the act of the disrespectful behaviour. They are the natural events that take place because the child was disrespectful, and are often enough to teach the child a lesson without further punishment. For example, if a child is disrespecting his parents by pitching a fit and throwing his toys around the room, the toys becoming broken serves as a natural consequence. Another example of a natural consequence is if a teen is disrespecting the car bought for him by his parents. When car breaks down, the teen cannot use it until the disrespectful behaviour is changed or he fixes the car on his own.

Withholding Privileges

A parent withholding privileges from a disrespectful child, no matter the child's age, is one of the most common modes of punishment used today. Showing disrespect to a parent often guarantees that a child loses the right to do her favourite things for an allotted amount of time, often known as a "being grounded." Privileges that are generally withheld are watching TV, playing outside, driving the car, going to a party, using a cell phone or the Internet and receiving an allowance. Showing disrespect to a parent often causes a child to lose something she loves, sometimes until the behaviour is corrected altogether.


Time-out is a consequence that is generally faced by younger children. It is important for children to know the rules of timeout at the beginning of the day so they know what is expected of them. When a disrespectful behaviour is performed, being put in timeout serves as a lesson for the future and discourages any further disrespectful behaviour. A child in timeout can look forward to having no privileges and being uncomfortable for a previously allotted amount of time. Time-out usually involves a child standing in the corner of a room or remaining seated on a chair by himself as punishment for being disrespectful.