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25 October 2015 - Double Fault, Single Pay?

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1 25 October 2015 - Double Fault, Single Pay? on Sat Oct 24, 2015 5:23 pm

Jack


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Brendan is your 13-year old son. Last year, when he was in seventh grade, you had a lot of problems with Brendan. He had always been a straight A student, but his grades slipped badly, to the point it looked like he might have to repeat. You tried a lot of things, and never could find an explanation for his problems. He had also been playing video games as much as he could, even waking up in the middle of the night to play. You finally withdrew him from public school and sent him to a Christian Academy, that is locally known for strict discipline, small class size, and dealing with problem kids, and you stopped him from playing video games completely.

While Brendan was pretty unhappy with not being allowed to play games, he actually blossomed a bit at the new school, and his grades came back up enough to keep him from having to repeat.

Over the summer, you gave him back some of his screen time and gaming privileges. You kept a close eye on him the first six weeks of this semester. When he brought home Straight 'A's again, you made a deal with him. He agreed to join (and participate in) Boy Scouts, for the fellowship and activities, and you gave him back more screen time.

Today, you received an e-mail from school. Brendan was caught with a portable gaming system at school. He's allowed to have the game at school, but it's supposed to stay in his locker from morning bell until school ends, except for lunch period. The situation was worse, because he actually was messing with it in class.


Brendan and his Game

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Per regular rules, Brendan received six swats with his trousers down, for the game violation and disrupting class. (Yes, that sounds like a lot, but this school uses lighter paddles and reasonable swats, rather than swinging for the bleachers).

Until last year, you'd quite using corporal punishment with Brendan for several years. You started again through frustration as much as anything, but it seems to work well, so you stuck with it. Recently, you added a small paddle, and he seems to think that's very effective. You have never believed in 'trouble at home means trouble at school', but in this case, he had to violate the screen time agreement he had with you to get in trouble at school. Does that mean he's in trouble for each? If yes, will you spank, or should you try something else, since his rear is probably already tender?

By the way, his game is being held at school, and you have to have a meeting with Brendan and the principal before it will be returned, which probably won't happen before sometime next week, meaning he has at least four days without that game anyway, though his larger systems are still available.


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John Boy


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I think I'm just going to revoke screen time until the meeting. He lost his hand held now he can lose the other ways as well until we sort this out and maybe lay out some new guidelines.

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AFinch


Sherrif
Ditto JB. He's been paddled at school. He's lost his handheld for what will be about a week. Revoking the rest of his screen time until then sends a "natural consequences" message without being draconian. Works for me.

David M. Katz


Marshall
I am mostly with JB and Kier. I see no reason for additional CP and I agree screen time restriction for the period that the handheld is held captive will send a good message. However, I would add that I think some serious evaluation of video game privs is in order.


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ivor


Marshall
I'm basically lining up behind Kier & JB, but since he evidently can't be trusted with his hand held device he isn't going to be allowed to take that to school in future. He can find some other way of entertaining himself during breaks.

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squarecutter


Sherrif
I'm withdrawing gaming priveleges for 2 weeks but I think the school paddling probably enough corporal punishment this time.I do want it to sink in that there is a time and a place

Pi Beta


Deputy
Add me to the concensus.

db105


Trailboss
I'll join the majority too. I don't want everything to be punishment here. He's been fairly punished at school, but he had been doing well and I want to give positive reinforcements too, when he's doing the right thing. I'll give him emotional support now while making it clear I won't let games become a problem again. If this happens again, he'll be in trouble with me too.

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kalico


Sherrif
Ditto Katz.....




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Jack


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Brendan's dad was pretty unhappy with him, even after he found out it hadn't been his game. Brendan tried to explain that he hadn't been playing, 'just looking', and that he'd already been punished. Mr. Jones explained that he'd been punished for having the game out in class, not for violating his screen time rules.

On the other hand, Mr. Jones isn't quite as strict as I am.

Brendan ended up losing his screen time for the day, since it wasn't clear how much he'd used (much less than he had coming, but I think it's a valid point for boys trying to do an end run around their limits), and he wasn't/isn't allowed to play his 3DS until Van's is returned to him.

Mr. Jones also warned his son that, just because they did it this way this time, doesn't mean he won't get spanked for future screen time violations.


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David M. Katz


Marshall
Looks like we all got this one right.


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