Saturday, February 2, 2013

Overheard at Booth 3: Grounding Daughters

M: I don't even really see the point of grounding her if you're never going to stick with it.

F: It was two months!

M: She pushed her brother through a plate-glass window!

F: She'd been cooped up in the house for a month.

M: That was part of the punishment.  That YOU set down.  If you're not going to follow through with the guidelines that you set down, then what's the point of doing it at all.

F: I think you're going a little overboard.   You wouldn't be so strict if she was really your daughter.

M: Oh, this again.  Listen, how long have I been with you and the kids?   Ten years now?  Ever since they were in first grade.   Yeah.  Yeah.  I think I've put in some time here.

F: Oh!  Great!  YOU've "put in some time"!

M: Enough to have an opinion on how they're going to be raised, yes.   Yes, I really do.

F: Well, I'm going to raise my kids how I want and if that means I say one thing and then change my mind then that's what I'm going to do.

M: OK.   Tell that to the boy next time his sister pushes him through a window.  Next one might be on the second floor!

F: Oh, don't be such a drama queen!

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