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BOTD 04-27-2017 The Case of the Midnight Rambler

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Skater

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The Case of the Midnight Rambler
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Your 13 year-old son, Matt, went to the bedroom window of his friends, two new boys from a new family that moved into the neighborhood a few months ago after he snuck out of his bedroom window last night an hour after telling you he had gone to bed.  You saw the empty bed, and you were alarmed when  you went to his bedroom to check on him a couple of hours later,. You waited in his dark bedroom for his return, and he was shocked to see you sitting at his desk in the dark room when he climbed in the window. He admitted he had snuck out when he "couldn't sleep." He said that he got his two friends, identical twins Adam and Asher to join him, and they were just walking around the neighborhood, talking. He says they did not do anything  wrong and so no real strong punishment should happen. You told him that you would discuss the entire issue in the light of day, and sent him to bed.

Matt - 13
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The next morning, you drove around the neighborhood, and there was no damage to any cars or houses that you saw; everything looked like it always does. So, apparently, Matt told you the truth about what they did. However, you certainly can't let Matt wander around the area without your knowledge. Did his friends tell their parents what they did last night, you asked. "Yes, they told them in the morning." You asked Matt what punishment the twins got, and you were told, "None. They don't get spanked and they don't get in trouble." Say what? You also know Matt well enough to be able to say that he learns best from a red and sore bottom.

What is your reaction to what Matt did last night, and how can you insure it won't repeat?


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It isn't my business to tell the twins' parents how to bring them up.

Matt, however, is my responsibility. We're going to talk--about how frightening it is to go to check on him and discover him missing. Was he kidnapped? Or did he decide to go for a walk? This isn't a "matter of trust" but of courtesy--so long as I am responsible for him, I need to know where he is, within reason. I'll also point out to Matt that wandering the streets without adult supervision after 10PM is a curfew violation, which is illegal--he, and I, could be cited for that, and illegal behavior in this household is generally dealt with severely.

If he seems to "get it", we're done. I don't think any punishment need occur, other than the knowledge that this was a "one off" and it won't be tolerated should it occur again. Once your kids reach a certain age, you can't really forbid their choices of friends, but I'm going to be watching closely to see whether these "new kids" are proving to be a bad influence, and if so, that will call for an additional conversation.

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I was never worried about him tearing things up or causing trouble.

"If there had been a fire, how many people do you think would have risked their lives, because we didn't know where you were?"

"What do we normally do about a curfew violation?"

I understand insomnia. I understand the allure of being out late when all is quiet. I wish I had never said a thing about his friends. I do wonder how he knows that they told their parents, and I feel the need to follow up with them. If Matt was honest with me, I'm going to make very clear why what he did was unacceptable, and what will happen if there is a recurrence. If he was not honest with me, I think we'll be putting the brush to work this morning.


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Kat

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Well, since I went out the window as a kid and didn't get spanked when I was caught, I'll give Matt a chance. As Kier points out, there are curfew laws in effect. If it happens again, Matt is in for toasted buns.

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Adam and Asher's parents may be OK with their sons wandering around the neighborhood at night, but I'm not. Matt is getting spanked, although not a particularly hard one: we'll reserve that in case this happens again.

I'll check with the other boys' parents to make sure they really have been told.

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ivor

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Kid curfews are not something we have - unless the kid has previously been in trouble with the law which doesn't apply here.

Am not sure I should need to find out whether the twins parents know about the escapade and if the did whether the twins were punished and if so how. From what the scenario says they are new to the area and unless I knew them well this hardly seems to be a good 'let's get to know each other' topic.

My reaction is really going to depend on whether the next day is a school day. If it is, then I suspect Matt is getting spanked, but if it isn't the lecture will suffice.

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MemoryMan

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The detail of his story, true or not, is really inconsequential. The matter is that he went to bed and then, in the dead of night, sneaked out of his window to roam the streets.

We will be having a talk, a long talk about all the aspects and dangers, but only as a prelude to cowhide coming into violent contact with naked boyhide.

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kalico

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I'm gonna have to ditto Kat as I also liked sneaking out but I was thankfully never caught the couple times I was brave enough to try....



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db105

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On second thought, I might join the no spanking camp, depending on how late he arrived and how safe the neighborhood is... Since he is 13, it's not like he's a little child... But in any case we need to reach an understanding that sneaking out during the night is a no-no.

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squarecutter

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Keir has nailed it for me. We dont have a curfew law in the UK but I would definitely want to know that my 13 year old was tucked up in bed at 10 oclock and not out on the streets



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In the interests of full transparency: When I was a boy from 11 through 16/17 years old, I was often taking off the screen from my bedroom window, and sneaking out of the window so I could roam the neighborhood, often getting friends to join me in my adventures. Never were any of us caught by the police or neighbors, and we never really caused any mischief. It was just fun to sneak out of the house very late at night, cavort about the neighborhood, and sit in the field or woods, chatting with friends.

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StevieWeeks wrote:Midnight Rambler...

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My favorite Midnight Rambler was the song by the Rolling Stones! Laughing

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