GREAT idea for helping your kids in a difficult spot
My DS's sunday school teacher gave some great advice please let your kids know this...
If they are ever at a friends house and want to come home but dont want to be labled a baby or teased or anything (we all know how bad bulling is lately) get them to call home and say "Mom(or dad what ever) I am so sorry but I forgot to (feed the cat. dog, unload the dishwasher, take out the garbage) what ever...that is your single that either they are going to watch/play or do something that they know they are not allowed to do.
You show up like hells fury. "I told you that if you forgot one more time you are grounded lets go now"
They get out of what ever situation they needed out of and still stay face. Maybe even get some sympathy because they have "the meanist mommy ever"