As you know by my earlier post, we went to court on Monday with a teen that is close to my heart. We were waiting to hear what his consequence would be. If he completes it – then his case will be dismissed.
8 hours of community service. Apparently, that is the going punishment for shoplifting a beer. Good to know, I guess.
My first reaction was – that’s not enough! My second was relief that the teen getting the sentence received something manageable. Will 8 hours have enough impact to prevent future incidents? I don’t know. Judging from the 210 people in court on Monday, it'll be about conscience not consequence that prevents future events.I find disciplining young adults to be the hardest obstacle I’ve encountered as a parent. They hit 18 and decide you have no authority – even if they still need to depend on your pocketbook. You can’t ground them, you can’t sit them in a corner, there’s not much you can take away. Do you just stop helping them financially alltogether?
How does a parent guide young adults when the only consequence you can offer it to take away your support?