Bed without supper

Food should never be used as a reward or a punishment. Food is an essential part of a growing child's development, and using it as punishment can develop unhealthy relationships with it. Taking away other privileges, such as a favorite toy, denying an activity they really wanted to participate in, works much better. The punishment, ideally, should fit the crime; a child who steals, for example, would need to learn what it is like to have something taken away. Sending kids to bed without supper might have been the tried-and-true method of the past, but it's not a wise idea in this society filled with conflicting messages about food and weight gain. No dessert is one thing; no supper says that only good people get to eat, and that's not a good thing to teach your kids at all.
  — Dragonchilde in "Am I wrong to send my four-year-old daughter to bed with no supper for shouting?"

Being sent to bed without supper (or dinner) is a traditional form of domestic (or less often, boarding school) punishment. It consists of requiring the delinquent to go to his or her room, and get into bed, as if for sleep, at a much earlier time than usual, and without having had the evening meal. It functions on multiple levels. It is a form of grounding that also involves a loss of privileges pertaining to food. It may also serve as a means of humiliation.

Being sent to bed without supper is traditionaly and indeed sterotypicially a child's punishment (although now rarely used on actual children in most western countries). Therefore it may be used in ageplay scenes to emphasize the childish nature of the spankee. It is featured in a number of spanking stories.

In spanking mediaEdit

An example of this punishment is shown in the silent animated cartoon Dud leaves home (1919).


A related but much lesser punishment is being denied dessert at a meal or being denied sweets or other pleasant foods. All of these are forms of food punishment.