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About 2 weeks ago, my 15 year old son was with 2 friends and

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About 2 weeks ago, my 15 year old son was with 2 friends and one of the f riends shoplifted at our local mall and was caught. My son was also found with a joint on him. They are both banned from the mall for 18 months but were not charged. I told my son he was grounded for one month. He refused to be grounded because he says he didn't steal anything. I told him it is because he put himself in a position (being with a shoplifter) to get in trouble and also because he had a joint. We have taken everything away from him and he tells me that we can keep everything for 3 weeks but he doesn't deserved to be grounded. A couple of my sisters thought that one month was kind've harsh so I told me that I would consider one week. He is also refusing this and says to keep his stuff. I am at my wits end. I drive to his school every day to pick him up and he refuses to come. I am tempted to have the police escort him to me so I can take him home. He is missing school at times, marks in a few subjects are not so good. As well, we are just very upset that he has this friend, who the police told us at the time of the shoplifting, is someone that we should keep our son away from. This friend has a part time job so we feel that he is giving our son marijuana and money for pizza and movies, etc. We are trying to encourage our son to get a job so he can have his own money.
Can you tell me how I can handle this situation. I just feel if I don't enforce the week of being grounded, that he won't listen to anything else I say either. Also, do you think that because he continually ignores me about the grounding, that it would be a good idea to get the police to help me.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Parenting
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