Ariana - posted on 11/08/2012 ( 15 moms have responded )
My friends 14 year old daughter will tell her parents 'you can't make me' for a lot of things and if they try to tell her what to do or ground her she will simply walk out of the house. She lives in a small town so all she has to do is go to a friends house and she's almost always out somewhere.
What do you do if you try to give a kid a consequence and they just leave? A lot of ways to keep a kid from misbehaving is to keep them from seeing their friends or something which obviously can't work if the kid just leaves.
I mean you can't barricade them in right? The only thing they have over her really is her cell phone. I know I probably can't help them out but it's just been bothering me since every parenting book and all those things talk about restricting childrens access to friends or keeping them from doing things if they're acting out but what do you do when you can't keep them in? Can you call the cops? Follow them around? I'm just not sure how someone would handle that type of situation.