I have seen lots of videos and posts lately online about parents taking their kids/teens devices (phone, iPad, tablet, etc..) away and destroying them in front of the kids. They are smashing the devices with hammers, sledgehammers or running them over with cars. Now I have a real issue with destroying these expensive devices. So if you are wanting to discipline your child and take their device away permanently, then here are some other suggestions that will still have a similar impact but will keep you away from destroying a $500 phone!
Try these 6 things you can do with those devices that might actually save or make you money! Don’t destroy those devices!
Give to another child in the family
I have 4 kids and only 2 have phones at this point. I have told one of mine that has a phone that the next time I have to take the phone away for the same behavior, that his phone may go to his younger brother. So I could destroy the phone or I could recycle the phone and give to his brother that could use it. I think seeing his little brother with his phone every day could sink in eventually.
Sell the device
This would probably be the first option I would look into. I would check eBay and see how much the device is going for and sell it. Again I think you would get a similar reaction from your child when they see the device go out in the mail to someone else. Maybe you could even have the kid pack up the device themselves and mail it.
Take the device for yourself!
Whether it’s a tablet, phone or another device, it could become your primary one or could be your back up one. Right now, my kids have newer phones than I do and so if I am going to get rid of one of their phones, I might just take it for myself and save me money when I need a new one.
Donate the device
If the device is in good shape, you could donate to a local charity or even someone that is doing a silent auction. This, in the end, could save you money on your taxes because you can claim it as a donation to a charity. This would also be a good lesson for your child about following your rules that got the device removed and about the importance of donating to charity.
Frame the device
Now this one might sound crazy and might drive the kid crazy but it would be a daily reminder for them about what they did. So put the device in one of those shadow frames and hang proudly in your living room.
Pawn the device
This could be a great way for your kid to learn a lesson about how pawn shops work and to realize that you are serious about your threat to get rid of their device. They would have a chance to get their device back this way if they just save their money and buy it back.
Now I don’t want you to think I am a horrible, mean parent but I believe that as a parent if you tell your child/teen they will have a consequence, then you should follow through. So if the threat is they lose their device for good then follow through but to just destroy expensive electronics is just not in me. So don’t take a sledge hammer to that phone when you want to teach your kid a lesson. List that phone on eBay and have your kid address the package and hopefully, lesson learned!