What is the most effective way to ground my teenage daughter?
Trisha - posted on 03/02/2015
You have to be careful with things like that.
I make it VERY clear to my stepson of what he is expected to do when he is gone. If I leave the house to him, and want the house cleaned I will straight out tell him "I want this house clean when I come home. No dishes, nothing."
As she saw it, since you expected her to be gone for the weekend, you weren't expecting her to do those things. It wasn't a matter of her not doing what she was told, she just wasn't being overly responsible and considerate.
I probably wouldn't ground my stepson for this. I would probably make him clean the house exclusively for a period of time, ramp up his normal chore set to get my point across, and have a conversation about being considerate of the people in the house.
I try to avoid grounding unless I have been very clear about my expectations. Or, if it happens a second time after I have already communicated it. And usually I ended the first conversation with "If this happens again, you will be grounded for x days."
Ali - posted on 03/01/2015
She's lazy honestly, which is kinda why I have to do something. I went out of town for two days, she was supposed to go to her friends but instead they stayed at the house. I figured they would and trust her enough normally to do so, but she wasn't clear on the fact that she was home. So On my way back, I let her know I was coming and knew she was home b/c I asked. In my crazy mind I though for sure the house would be picked up, but nooooooooo!!! The dishes that I had loaded Thursday and the Mac n Chz that she had cooked was still present. Along with the mess that she had made over the weekend. Grrrrrrr
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