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101 Things to do When You Are Grounded

January 26, 2011
By dyarzx95 BRONZE, Wills Point, Texas
dyarzx95 BRONZE, Wills Point, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
this life is the one that you make it -- Skillet

This is a book of things you can do when you are grounded. This book is intended to be helpful; it is not just a time-passer. When you are finished with this book, you will probably have already served your grounding.
When faced with being grounded, there are 101+ things you can do. I have listed only 101. These 101 things are only helpful if you are grounded, not if you are bored. When you are ungrounded, keep this book for future groundings, if you have any.

101 Things to do When You’re Grounded is a list of chores and fun things that you could do when faced with groundings. Please enjoy. Also, try not to get into any more trouble.


Zachary S. Dyar

Read a Book.
This is a favorite past time for all generations. Try these authors:

Dean Koontz, Steven King, or Tom Clancy.
Draw a Picture.
Drawing, more commonly referred to as “doodling”, is always fun if you are grounded. Try using your imagination to come up with your best ideas!
Write a short story.
Here is a sample writing prompt: Write a short story about a teenager who is grounded. Also, he/she is awaiting trial for armed robbery.
Clean your room.
I told you in the beginning, this book has chores too.
Take out the dog.
Animals need to pee too!
Wash some laundry.
You can always use a clean shirt.
Build a Lego mansion.
While difficult, this is very time consuming and not to mention fun.
Feed the animals.
The dog is a living thing, you know!
Clean the kitchen
Yes, this includes the dishes.
Write a graphic Novel.
This is very challenging. I mean, can you draw 100 – 250 pages of cartoons?
Work out.
You could always lose a few pounds.
Charge your phone.
You probably can’t use it. It is running on a battery, though, so it needs to be charged anyway.
Clean out the litter box.
Who likes the smell of drying poop?
Polish your church shoes.
Make ‘em shine!
Brush your teeth.
Protect against cavities! You will need those teeth someday!
Take out the trash.
Before it overflows!
Wash the baseboards.
If you have white carpet, the baseboards really stand out.
Check the mailbox.
You never know what bills your parents are paying until you’ve seen their mail.
Write an apology letter to whoever grounded you.
It was probably your parents, so go ahead and suck up to them.
Type up a family newsletter.
Keep the family posted on your grades, appointments, and more!
Clean the garage.
This includes getting the grease off of the concrete.
Wash the car.
Soapy water can be fun too.
Give the animals a bath.
They deserve good hygiene just as much as the next guy.
Take a bath.
This is a time when you can relax and daydream to your heart’s desire.
Clean the bathroom.
Go ahead and suck up some more!
Clean the living room.
Even more sucking up.
Write a report on how you got grounded and what you will do differently from now on.
I know that this sounds boring, but it will enhance your writing ability.
Write a novel about a teenager who got grounded for robbing a store and is awaiting trial.
More writing practice for the budding writer.
So you can pass all of your classes.
Draw a picture of your room.
This is good practice for illustrating your writings.
Take a nap.
So that you can dream up your next essay.
If you can, go outside and pick up the back yard.
This will get you on your parents’ good sides.
Dust all of the shelves in your house.
So that you can stop sneezing.
Look for change in the couch.
Then, after you collect all of it, put it in a jar and save it.
Clean out your backpack.
So that you can look fresh and clean even if you haven’t showered in a week.
Organize your desk.
This is a task for the neatest of the neat. If you clean your desk, you can write/draw as you please.
Gaze out of the window and start to daydream.
So that you can write whatever you think of.
Think about what you did wrong.
This is probably what your parents have told you anyway.
Build a model car.
If you are the violent type, take a bat and smash it when you are done building it.
Build a model airplane.
The same applies as above.
If you are allowed, text your friends.
You probably can’t do this anyway, but try to get away with it. Get caught, and get more time added.
Clean the windows in your room.
So that you can see out of them to daydream.
Lint brush all of your clothes.
You can’t look good with dog hair all over you.
Have a family game night.
Grab Monopoly and beat your parents!
If you are allowed, play your game system.
I know that when I was grounded, I was allowed to play PS2. So ask your parents if you can play your game system.
If you are allowed, watch a movie.
This is a great time-passer. My favorites are on Comedy Central.
Polish the model car that you built.
This is just so that it looks good.
Have an ice cream eating contest with your mom.
This makes you and her both happy.
Play with hot wheels cars.
This may seem childish to some, but it will pass the time a lot faster than just sitting there.
If you are allowed, Google your house address.
If your computer privileges are revoked for the time being, sorry about your bad luck.
Eat a bowl of trail mix.
Trail mix is fun to make and eat.
Drink plenty of water.
This probably sounds like something that your health teacher told you yesterday in class. This is just something healthy to do while you are grounded.
Do your homework.
You can never learn too much algebra.
Write down your New Year’s Resolution for next year.
This seems like something you would do in December, but you can get a head start this way.
Imagine what the world will look like in 400 years, and then write about what you think.
Just another writing prompt for all of you budding writers.
Listen to the radio.
If you are allowed to do this, then great! If not, that sucks.
Organize your room.
So that your parents can see how mature you are.
Clean the computer keyboard.
So that you can type in that favorite letter combination, “Facebook.com”
If you are allowed, call your friends.
Just to tell them not to text you. In case your parents have threatened to take away your phone.
Find out when you are ungrounded, and then mark it on your calendar.
So that you can count down the days until freedom.
Wash your hands.
Personal hygiene is always a must!
Bring your journal out and start writing about your day.
Who knows, you may write down something that you could use in a story someday.
Ask your parents if you can go to the store for them.
This is a good way to get out of the house.
Wax the car.
After you wash it, of course!
Build with Linking Logs.
Something for the first-time grounded youngsters out there.
Rewrite the first twenty pages of the dictionary.
This is very time consuming and extremely boring!
Color in a coloring book.
So that you can show your mom that you can color inside the lines now.
Sharpen all of your pencils.
Or you could just disturb the class with that loud grinding noise.
Stock up on school supplies.
So that you never run out of paper to doodle on in math class.
Clean your laptop.
So that you can type with ease. Do as needed.
Wash your shoes.
Wash away all that mud from recess.
Clean the bathtub.
A clean tub is way better than bathing in your own filth.
Clean the toilet.
So that you can make it dirty again after chili night.
Clean all sinks.
After the dishes are done, scrub the sink so that no food remains in the drain.
Cook dinner for your parents.
Sucking up times three!
Save all of your money for when you get ungrounded.
That is, if you are still getting an allowance.
Cut your fingernails.
Another personal hygiene matter.
Wash under your fingernails.
After you clip them, wash under your fingernails for the topmost cleanliness.
Clip your toenails.
This comes with the territory of clipping fingernails.
Do a soduko puzzle.
Even though you will never get the right placement of the numbers.
Do origami.
Fun, easy, and time consuming.
Do paper mache balloons.
These are very hard to fcraft.
Walk the dog again.
They have to go out more than once a day, you know.
If you are allowed, clean your parents’ room.
Just so that you can suck up some more.
Read a magazine.
If you don’t have any, order some offline.
Write a magazine article on being grounded.
I did this while I was grounded.
Change the baby’s diaper.
If you have one.
Read your journal, and then correct all mistakes in spelling, grammar, ect.
Kind of self-explanatory.
List all the reasons you got grounded for, then put them into a short story.
Another writing prompt.
Give your parents a hug.
For ages twelve and under.
Try to get off for good behavior.
I try this every time I am grounded.
Listen to what your parents tell you.
And don’t judge their judgment.
NEVER do anything without asking first.
This is the number one rule of being grounded.
If you are allowed, go on a jog.
Exercise is the key to happiness.
Charge your iPod.
If you still have it.
Play with the dog.
They enjoy the attention.
Rearrange all of your posters.
Remember, use tape, not thumbtacks.
Make your bed.
So that your parents can say that they have “never seen that before.”
Make your mom’s bed.
She probably hasn’t done it since she was grounded herself.
Give your mom and dad a card saying that you are sorry.
Suck up a wee bit more.
Make your own list of things to do when…
You get the picture!

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on Feb. 19 2020 at 8:29 pm
SamTehSavage167, Hickory, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
I may not always be easy going, but i am loyal. I may not always be willing to compromise , but i am honest. I may have flaws; i am far from perfect, but i am always 100% real.

I have been grounded for 3 years- and um these things for sure helped but uh- these things get boring over time,
I would recommend Reading, Writing stories, and draw. Have a nice day! ^^

Omg_Cocolove said...
on Jan. 14 2020 at 9:20 pm
Omg_Cocolove, Littleton, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"Why fit in when you were born to stand out." Doctor Seuss

I am grounded for a month and a half, so annoying😞😞😞I am missing out

Olivia said...
on May. 12 2018 at 4:25 pm
I’m grounded bc my teacher emailed my parents and I’m missing so many parties
What should I do

coolstuff172 said...
on Apr. 30 2018 at 2:45 pm
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my parent grounded me for being on youtube when i wasn't supposed to de on it my mom did not care but my step dad did

on Apr. 30 2018 at 9:46 am
CCCherrywood BRONZE, Central, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
If you throw me to the wolves, I'll come back leader of the pack.

U spelled sudoku wrong

Camo21 said...
on Apr. 10 2018 at 7:49 pm
Uh I got grounded for 4 months drawl, build old models you have just waste time go to bed early study for test.

Prolly_Dead said...
on Mar. 11 2018 at 7:48 am
I'm not grounded now but I know I'm going to be

Imdead said...
on Mar. 8 2018 at 8:33 pm
I'm grounded for a year so yeah I'm dead

Dude1 said...
on Mar. 4 2018 at 3:13 am
What can I DOOOO
Grounded till end of school year

dafdaf25 said...
on Feb. 24 2018 at 5:07 pm
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i feel so bad for u cuz 6 months is a long time im only grounded for 28 days

on Feb. 14 2018 at 10:36 am
I have an idea. I will make a calender and draw pictures of things from my fave movie.... That will keep me buzy for an hour or 2!

Maddy said...
on Feb. 12 2018 at 7:50 am
I'm so annoyed all my friends keep asking me to hang out and my parents keep saying no

on Feb. 11 2018 at 6:01 pm
I am really sad because I just got a new xbox one x and I got grounded from it and I have to wait a week before I can use any electronics :( :( :( :( :(

Nicki said...
on Feb. 2 2018 at 8:50 pm
Stupid ass bitch

?ee%% said...
on Jan. 23 2018 at 3:52 pm
im grounded no ipad or ps4 or phone or anything fun for 6 months

jedicheif said...
on Jan. 17 2018 at 9:02 pm
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Angryboy102, Why next year...?

jedicheif said...
on Jan. 17 2018 at 8:55 pm
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Mommies, Jerk. Why do you feel the need to say that? I loved this! Don't come online just to be a dink.

jedicheif said...
on Jan. 17 2018 at 8:53 pm
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That's really stupid.

jedicheif said...
on Jan. 17 2018 at 8:51 pm
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A'lot of these were quite funny! And creative! I loved it!

I loved this piece, its incredibly moving and creative!