A Jack RL Production
You have three children, two boys and a girl. This year, your eldest, Connor, is 14. In the past, you've made arrangements for them to be kept by relatives during the summer. Considering that all your children are pretty well behaved, that Connor is reasonably behaved, that his little brother, 12-year old Payton, doesn't like to get his big brother in trouble, and that your daughter, 10-year old Anne, is fairly mature, you decided to let them try staying home.
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Things went well for a couple of days, but today... pretty much the opposite.
You set a couple of rules when you agreed to try this. The kids take care of chores in the morning, and they don't leave the house without sending you and your Significant Other a text, so you'll both have a good idea where everyone is, in case something comes up. On top of that, your spouse leaves lunch for them, if they're planning to be home.
When you arrive home, chores are undone; they ordered pizza for lunch (but they did pool their own money to order it); when they saw how expensive soda pops cost from the pizza place, someone went to the store to buy drinks, but didn't bother to text that they were leaving the house; and they had a TV binge on Netflix, which put apparently put them WAY over their screen time limits.
Is this a learning experience? Is it time to re-think the experiment? Or is it just time to heat some rears?