This phrase was coined by Bill Milliken when he published the book of the same name in 1968 and revised it with Char Meredith in 1971.
It has become widely used and copied with numerous authors writing books of the same title or employing the phrase in their title. It occurs frequently in the news as well.
The phrase refers to the practice of setting boundries for children.
Mom: She is staying out all night and her friends are drinking heavily. I am worried about her.
Dad: You just have to use tough love and ground her until she has time to see how ill advised her choices really are.
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