Maura got in trouble yesterday for lying. It really was a stupid lie, but it's not the first lie so we're enforcing the consequences. As a result, Maura has launched a counter offensive which consists of trying to drive us crazy in the hopes that we'll lift the restrictions. Here's a taste of my afternoon:
Maura: Can I just go outside a sit on the porch?
Me: No, your friends are outside and you are grounded.
Maura: I promise I won't talk to my friends.
Maura: I'll hide behind the tree. I promise. They won't even know I'm there.
Maura: My friends were being mean to me today at school.
Me: What happened?
Maura: They were telling me all the fun things they did while I was grounded. That's bragging. That's not nice.
Me: That's kind of a bummer, Maura.
Maura: But you should let me go play so that I don't feel left out...
Me: Nope. It's just one of the consequences of being grounded.
Most recently, when the phone rang:
Maura: I'll get it.
Me: Nope. You are grounded off the phone.
Maura: What if Julie has a question about homework?
Me: She'll have to call another friend.
Maura: What if Grandma calls and needs to talk to me?
Me: Grandma will have to call back in a week.
Maura (eyes tearing up): You would keep me from my Grandmother?
Me: You bet.
3 weeks ago