Last night, some of those boys were bored, so they went to see a movie.
Tonight, the boys want something besides burgers to eat. They stop at a nicer place, but it takes a while to get seated, a while to get their order, and they miss the show. It's in two theaters, so they go to the next show. For some reason, they don't think to notify you about the change. When you realize they're late, you try to call, but they all have their phones off.
Normally you'd give them the choice between being grounded for one day, losing their car keys for the weekend, 3 swats on boxers or two bare. The problem is that Noah and Blake promised to help with their brothers' birthday party the next day, so they can't be grounded. Johnny doesn't have a driver's license yet. Doug is already restricted from driving for another four days. Eli has a school function tomorrow afternoon. That leaves only Barry who would have a complete choice.
So, do you offer them all whatever choices are appropriate, do you limit the choices they can all make, or do you just chose for them in this case?