Oh, the drama (of being grounded) #sol17

March 3, 2017

So I was all set to write about how my vow to never cook again lasted less than 24 hours because I found a recipe for crockpot chicken and decided to use it. (Spoiler alert: it was terrible.) But my daughter got grounded yesterday (full grounding: no electronics, no TV, stay in your room), and she is so miserable that it is hilarious.

I don’t mean to be mean but since I got home, she:

– told me she was so bored and begged me to please not make her go upstairs

– went upstairs in a huff

– came back downstairs to make tea

– told me she couldn’t go upstairs with her tea because it had sugar in it, and she doesn’t want to get ants in her room

– asked me if I had a good day and when I said yes told me that was “too bad”

– apologized profusely and said she was just joking and please omg don’t make her go upstairs she has to finish her tea she’s so sorry

– asked me what she was supposed to do with herself since there’s nothing to do

– told me she didn’t have any books when I suggested she use the time to read even though there are more than three full bookshelves in the office

– asked me if I was making her stay in her room because she’s in trouble and I can’t stand to see her face

– got upset when I told her that no, it’s just that part of her punishment is being upstairs and if she’s downstairs that means she’s not serving her punishment

– went upstairs in a huff when I told her she had stalled long enough

– came back downstairs to wash her face in the downstairs bathroom since her toothbrush is down here so she might as well do everything down here (I need to buy more toothpaste, or her toothpaste would be upstairs)

– went upstairs briefly

– came back downstairs to gather the books she had checked out from the library and made a point to tell me that’s what she was doing

– went back upstairs

I wonder how long she’ll stay up there this time. 😂😂😂

Slice of Life is a writing challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers.

Slice of Life is a writing challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers.


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  1. Kristi Lonheim (@lonheim)

    That is hilarious! (The daughter part, not the un-yummy chicken part.) How long do you both have to endure this?

    • Akilah

      Three more days

  2. Liz Bailey

    I loved your use of bullets. They emphasized the up and down emotions of your daughter and her trips up and down the stairs. Thank you for this entry! It made me smile. Good luck!

  3. Laurie Pandorf

    Hilarious! I loved every line – the “sass” so familiar. Although I never had to ground my kids, I was “grounded for life!” in my own mothers words. That was the only way she could protect me from myself. This brought back so many memories… keep it up, mom – she’s getting the message. If not, you better double-up on that toothpaste!

  4. Ally Bean

    I wish I had as much energy as the grounded child who goes up and down the stairs, randomly, inadvertently exercising. The sugar in the tea/ ants in room idea is brilliant, btw. A+ rationalization there.

  5. Brian Rozinsky

    What a litany! If you pace yourself differently, this could be 15 different slices 😉 Somehow, though, I don’t think you’ll face a shortage of material this month.

  6. Turning Pages in Life's Story

    I loved this post. Like other comments said the bullet points were the perfect format for this post. Thanks for sharing and making me laugh as I imagine my own daughter doing something similar.

  7. carriegelson

    Oh daughters. Mine is 14 and is currently stomping about because her wifi is off. Like the world has ended . . .

    • Akilah

      My daughter will text or call me if the wifi is working even when she knows I’m in a meeting. I’m always like, “This is not an emergency.”


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