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Ethan and Bruce have been friends since they were 11, when Ethan first moved in with you, while they were in sixth grade. Over that time, you've come to treat Bruce like one of your own boys, which has included many sore bottoms. Bruce lives with his single mother, and when she had trouble with him, you stepped in. Bruce has actually received more switchings from you (which are reserved for illegal behavior) than most of your boys have. On the other hand, he's been staying out of trouble for a while now.
Bruce showed up today, which is a bit of a surprise, since he knows Ethan is at summer camp. In previous years, Bruce has been required to stay at your house, during the summer, when his mom was at work. This past year he's proven responsible and well-behaved enough to stay home alone, though he was still at your house almost every day, when Ethan was there.
Bruce asks to talk to you in private. The two of you retire to your office, but he's not quite ready to talk. Actually, you realize that he's almost in tears.
It turns out that, this morning, a bit over three weeks into summer, his mom sat down with him and told him what a great job he's been doing lately.
The thing, he really hasn't been following all the rules. He's not paying a lot of attention to when he's supposed to be home, he knows which chores mom notices most, and he's not doing the rest as well as he should, he's been going places and doing stuff without telling her - usually around visits to your house to cover the time - and then he breaks down and actually starts to cry, when he says she told him she was proud of his school grades, but he actually cheated on the history test.
He doesn't know what to do, but he's throwing himself on your mercy.
What do you tell him?