Grounding from talking on the phone to everyone but the other parent is appropriate if boundaries are put in place before the grounding and the other parent sticks to the agreement, writes Jann Blackstone.

I recently received an email from two co-parents who wrote to me together – a novel approach, I must say. They were looking for direction. They knew they have a problem, they just weren’t sure what to do. They asked, “What’s good ex-etiquette when…”

Parent A: My 14-year-old does something my ex doesn’t like and he’s immediately grounded from his phone. I can’t talk to him for weeks at a time when he’s grounded, and I pay for the phone.

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