I am not sure what to do here. To give you some background, my 14 year old DD has a pretty severe case of ADHD. (She also has severe anxiety, and can not take any ADHD medications as they all make her anxiety worse.Her anxiety is so severe that she was hospitilized for a week in October, and then had to go to an outpatient hospital program for a month, and ended up missing 5 weeks of school) So, to get to my "problem". My DD has always been bad about keeping track of things. But, this school year has been especailly bad. She lost her 140.00 North Face jacket. (It had her name/ph# in it, but we never had it returned to us.) I then replaced this with a 4.99 coat from Goodwill, and within a week my DD lost this coat, too. Then, I had her wear her old coat, which is really way too small on her. (I refused to get her another coat.) Now this coat is missing, too, and it's all of 11 degrees where we live. So, we had to go to Goodwill today and got our FOURTH coat, for 9.00.
I figured my DD's punishment is that she does not get a nice coat to replace the lost North Face one, and that has has to wear a used, second hand coat.(For the record, I think there is nothing wrong with second hand clothes. However, my teenager hates this, as she thinks it's not "cool" to wear used clothes) But, since she has now lost her THIRD coat in two months, I think some sort of reprimand./punishment should be given to her. Part of me feels that she has been thru so much this fall, being in the hospital for 5 weeks, that I hate to be too harsh on her. However, being ill or having ADHD does not make it ok to be irresponsible and loose THREE coats.
I would appreciate any suggestions/feedback.