A Jack Production
Mentally, you run through your list of available drivers, but pickings are pretty scarce right now, so you decide to run get them yourself. Flipping a coin, you head for the younger kids field first, and the three of them (your two youngest sons and Jay's next oldest are on the same team) are all waiting for you. You explain why you're picking them up (and not on time), while they climb in, and then you head off to get their big brothers - your son, Leif, and Jay's son, Gage (both 13).
When you get to the field, they're not there. You check your watch, but you're not really even ten minutes late. As hot as it is, you doubt they decided to walk home. You see the coach, who's talking to a couple of boys, and you start to head over there, but decide to call the boys first.
Leif answers his phone and tells you that they walked up to 7-11 with a friend of their to get Slurpees, since you (Jay) weren't on time. You manage not to snap, and tell them to wait there and you'll get them.
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Of course, when you get there, the younger boys all want Slurpees of their own. You explain that you don't have time now, but you promise they can get some after their next game.
When you get home, you send the younger boys to get cleaned up. You've called Jay, and he tells you he's still stuck in traffic. Now you turn to the two older boys.
"Do you both have phones?"
"You know that Jay has to deal with traffic, and that it sometimes takes him a bit longer to get you guys. He was not late, and even if he was, didn't I tell you right where you're to wait?"
"Did you have permission to leave?"
"No, sir," the boys respond, starting to get nervous.
"What are those things in your pocket - right there?"
"Phones are not to play games. They're not to listen to music, take pictures, or surf the net. All those are extras. The reason you boys have phones is so you can stay in contact. What should you have done?"
"Called to see if we could go?"
"Or when Dad was going to be there?"
"That's right. You know what you should have done. Since you didn't do it - since you didn't use your phones for the reason they're provided, maybe you'll remember it better if you don't have them for a few days."
"No, please don't take my phone."
"Please, Dad! We're sorry."
"Yeah! Can't you just whup us?"
Should you stick with a logical consequence, or is a sore bottom good enough in this case?