Sarah - posted on 03/13/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )
Along with the great advise from the board and another CoM article I read I think we're on the road to overcoming the 3yr old whining. Now its my (almost) 13yr old who I need advise on.
Twice in the last 2 wks she has gone by her own rules and gotten in trouble. For dumb, little things! Thank goodness it wasnt something major but in both cases if she would have just communicated the situation, and the punishment, could have been avoided. The latest offense? Last night she walked to her friends house, as is custome on monday nights, to go to the youth group at church. Hours later when church was out she came home. I asked her how church was and she said she didnt go. For whatever reason the parents werent able to give her a ride but instead of her calling me, on the cell phone she carries, she decided to hang out until church let out and then come home.
Now if she would have called at 7pm to tell me they werent going I could have told her to just be home in time to shower and prepare for school. I dont understand why she felt she needed hide this from me. I took her TV, radio, game system and cell phone. But we've done this in the past and it doesnt seem to be helping. What should we do now?!