My DH and I had to rush out of town for a family emergency yesterday. We told my daughter we'd be back in time for Thanksgiving dinner and left her in charge of her brother. She's almost 18 and he's 6.
He has separation anxiety and since I'm a SAHM he is rarely away from me besides school. I've only ever been away from him one night. According to my daughter, he was on edge and in a bad mood. He was watching TV when she came and told him it was homework time. He apparently said "no". My daughter went to turn off the TV and he kicked her. She told him to apologize and he said no and did it again.
My daughter then DRAGGED him to his room, shut the door and said he was in there for the rest of the night. She didn't let him out for the rest of the night besides to brush his teeth, and only fed him a sandwich with turkey and lettuce. This morning she brought unflavored oatmeal upstairs but still didn't let him out.
I'm angry that my son behaved that way, but I'm furious that my daughter punished him in such an over the top way. I told her that and we got into an argument. She's upstairs and not speaking to me.
Happy Thanksgiving to me, I guess.