The first poster has a wonderful idea, but nowadays will only end up backfiring. YOU will end up paying all the fines and such. I have a SD that not only got arrested for beating on me, but after moving in with her mother, running away and biting a cop. There is no juvie time, her crimes were not enough. That's only the beginning, there was a lot more. If children are not taught to respect the rules from the get go, they will walk all over you. That was her problem, she came to live with us when she was older. Make their punishment fit the crime. If they were out late drinking, get their butts up early in the morning and put them to work, if they are puking all over, all the better. Let them know they want to do grown up things, then they are going to act like a grown up. Meantime as others said, yes, take away everything if you have to, including their stylish clothes and put them in old man clothing.
at 9:13 AM on Jun. 16, 2011