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And it's not so much that I can't stick with it, honestly it's that I forget about it. My daughter was at the mall last night with her friends and didn't call and check in and I started freaking out and even contacted a mom to one of the friends she was with on FB and when she finally called (and just as I was walking out the door to go look for her) she gave me the old "my phone died" story and I grounded her. She just now asked if she could go to a friend's house and I was going to let her but remembered she was grounded. Sheesh.
terrishaun terrishaun 46-50, F 3 Answers Dec 21, 2013 in Motherhood

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i dont my wife was to soft and the kids did what they liked and talked to her badly. It always fell to me to spank and ground them

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Yeah, I've been there. A lot in fact. I always thought it looked like fun to be the good guy.

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it was hard for me as i was spanked and beaten as a child and spanking them was upsetting but always a last resort if all else failed

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That is hard.

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i think them seeing me upset by it was just as painful as the punishment i always hugged them after and told them i loved them and they all turned out good

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I have no problem with sticking to punishments, though they're rarely required.

But, why does your daughter have to check in with you when she's out with friends?

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It's just something I expect from her. And something my mom taught me too. I don't need a blow by blow of what's she's doing but just a hey, just checking in and everything is okay kind of call. She is 13 and has now started hanging out at the mall with her friends. And honestly it's not her I don't trust, it's her friends and what they might talk her into doing. I just want to make sure she's okay.

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Well, I certainly agree that if she's told to check in she should and there should be consequences for not doing it. But, I do have a hard time understand the need for it, maybe because my mom never expected it from me. I had a lot of freedom and trust, I just had to call if I was running late.

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i'm lucky, my boys don't need punishing

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You are lucky. She's really at that age; 13 going on and lucky if she gets to 14.

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mine are quiet :) they stay home most of the time, and go out with friends less than once a month. and they're always home in time for dinner :)

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This is still kind of new for us and I just want to make sure she's okay. My baby and all that I guess.

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checking in is good. for a hundred good reasons i can think of but also for a thousand i can't imagine.

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I'm definitely of the school of better safe than sorry. For now. She's got to prove that she can be trusted.

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oh it's not her. so many things could happen, and you wouldn't know, for hours. not good.

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