A Jack Production
This month, while your cousin is getting ready to move, his sons are staying with you. While Mason, the younger boy, is rather mischievous and a bit of a handful, his older brother, Logan, has always been a pretty good kid. While both of them have spent a fair amount of time with you in the past six months or so, getting ready for the move and getting to know their knew neighborhood and making friends, you don't expect either of them to know the rules perfectly yet.
One of the rules you're fairly strict on is that, while the boys can do most anything they want during the day, you do require them to check in twice a day - at 11am for lunch, and at 6pm for dinner. While you're usually correct anyone that misses those times, you don't make a big deal out of one miss... Unless they're more than 30 minutes late.
This morning, 12-year old Logan wanted to look around his new neighborhood and see where some things were before it got too hot. He took one of his new friends, Ethan, who's also twelve.
When you notice they weren't home at 11, you text them. The two of them don't manage to arrive home until 11:35.
Because Logan is still learning the rules, you were thinking of reminding him, and maybe restricting him to the house for the rest of the day (with as many kids as hang around your house during the summer, that's a rather toothless punishment - more figurative than anything). The trouble is, it's only been a few weeks since Ethan was in similar trouble, and he really does have a session coming over your lap.
So, do you treat the boys the same, try to explain why you're treating them differently, or look for another answer?
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