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laying down the law is having mixed responses

me to 12 yr old boy: you’re grounded bc you think you can ignore me and come and go as you please and do whatever you want. Your skateboard is confiscated until you start listening to me. You’re spending the weekend catching up on homework and being with the family. Family meeting on sunday to discuss the new rules and schedule around here. Anything you want to bring up you need to write it down and ask me then

12 yr old, calm as can be: That sounds lame

Similar conversation with 13 yr old girl ended in tears, stomping around the house and slamming 3 doors in the space of 15 minutes. Oh and she’s never speaking to me again

16 yr old girl next ughhhhhhh

The youngest 2 are 9 and 7 so those convos should be less intense

My older brother arrives tonight to help handle the angry mob (aka the teenage girls)
Richard65 · M
You have a 16 year old, but your age states you're 18-21. Are these children siblings?
@hannahJ By what I understand, it should happen more there.
hannahJ · F
@Jenny1234 no, she lets us live here but she’s not even slightly helpful in any way in looking after them
hannahJ · F
@NativePortlander1970 maybe, but officially there is no investigation of any abuse or neglect happening
SW-User
I would look deeper into why the girl is responding this way. I would talk to her in private. Something could be going on what she hasnt told. I remember acting worst than her when I were her age , I had an lot of personal problems , its no excuse but maybe she might need someone to talk to.
hannahJ · F
@SW-User she’s just used to not having any structure or discipline and thinks she’s older than she is. I will talk to her but rn she needs to just be mad and realise i’m not going to budge
SunshineGirl · 36-40, F
The job of lawgiver is a thankless task. I'd gather them all together and deliver the message to the whole family so no one feels as though they are being personally targeted. Good luck 💖
hannahJ · F
@SunshineGirl annoyingly they all bounce off eachother and are a lot easier to handle 1 on 1. A kid who would have taken it well in isolation will copy another ones big reaction and then they’re like dominos
Strict4u · 56-60, M
Sounds like you got your hands full
Strict4u · 56-60, M
@hannahJ I hope your brother helps with discipline and structure for them
hannahJ · F
@Strict4u same. Havent seen him for 4 yrs so idk what he will be like but he seems eager to step up
Strict4u · 56-60, M
@hannahJ sounds like you need a break hopefully he will step up
Strict4u · 56-60, M
Is your brother older or younger then you
hannahJ · F
@Strict4u older. He’s 22
Strict4u · 56-60, M
@hannahJ hopefully he will help you out do you think he might try to discipline you
hannahJ · F
@Strict4u good luck to him if he thinks he can try that
How did THAT go and how was the family meeting today?
hannahJ · F
@SomeMichGuy they are all pretty unhappy about everything but i guess that was predictable. We had a really good day on Saturday at the beach and had fun without talking about rules and they got to know our brother a bit as the youngest ones dont remember him. The meeting was ok but 16 and 13 yr old were upset which got all the others worked up as well
@hannahJ Well, I guess that falls under "about as good as can be expected", right?

If you all survived, call it a win! lol
LordShadowfire · 46-50
Sounds like fun.
hannahJ · F
@LordShadowfire its a party over here for sureeee
So then, you're in the 18-21 age range and grounding a 12year old boy, and 13 and 16 year old girls, and a 9 and 7 year olds. This sounds very suspiciously fake.

 
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