a BOTD Extra by Jack
In the last few years, you've had a run of boys whose ages were close together. A case where a 15-year old and a16-year old were punished together, resulted in both of them complaining it was unfair, so you gave the older boy his option of taking the same thing his little brother was getting. Much to your surprise, he accepted. Not long after that, another of your older boys complained it was unfair you'd given the first boy the choice, but not him.
Since then, it's become standard policy for you to give the boys an option in most cases, and they almost always go with CP (they have the option of selecting CP or restriction, but no choice as to the exact penalty you impose). Not only that, but they tend to accept whichever consequence they get with less trouble, even on the occasions you don't give them a choice for some reason.
Along with the younger boys you adopt, you've taken in some older boys, usually because of trouble at home. There have been occasions that trouble comes from their inability to behave, and the inability of a parent to control them. In those cases, you usually inform the boy ahead of time that you will be using strict, and rather childish, punishment for them. There are usually some complaints, but they have accepted it.
And then there's Christian.
Christian is living with you because his family situation just wasn't working, and he was considering doing something foolish. Christian was never a discipline problem, so you offered him the same deal you have with your oldest boys currently at home - which is you handle all the bills, and they continue to follow the rules or face the same consequences.
While Christian has never been a discipline problem, he's still a boy, and you have paddled him several times in the months since he moved in with you. He hasn't complained much, because you are treating him almost exactly like your own kids, and he recognizes that. Your treatment of him has even extended to paying for him to take driver's education, and allowing him to borrow one of your vehicles from time to time.
Last night, you went to talk to Christian. You couldn't find him, so you checked the In/Out board to find that he was checked out to spend some time with his younger siblings.
And he took your car to do it.
Your keys are easy to get to, and you've never not allowed Christian to use the car when he asked, but he's always asked.