|I had to ground Tyler yesterday. He lost his homework folder once already and the teacher replaced it. Today he didn’t have it and he swore the teacher didn’t give it to him. I emailed her and she said she had no idea where it was and that she wasn’t giving him another one. I asked her to have him check the lost and found because he would be grounded until he found it since it was his second time losing it. Well, he sat in his room screaming for 2 hours, “it’s not my fault”. He was really, really upset. He’s usually pretty stoic when he gets punished. Should have been a clue to me that something was off. Turns out it really wasn’t his fault. I go this email from his teacher.
Hi Mrs. Goldsmith,
To add insult to injury, I just found his original folder. I had tucked it away in a pile. I feel so awful, I just keep hearing him screaming,”it’s not my fault”. I got so caught up in teaching him a lesson that I wasn’t even listening to him. He’s a very truthful kid so I should have known better.