Originally Posted by Walkamile
Many years ago, my mother gave me some very good advice concerning disciplining a child. " Never threaten with a punishment you are not prepared to carry out." My children learned at an early age that what I said would be carried out.
Stick to you guns Mom. To backslide now would teach her that there are no consequences or substance to your rules.
I'm 100% with Walkamile here.
The lesson you can make for her is learning the value of things. She broke a rule, the Ipod is yours now. She can earn it back - make her work for it. Set a fair "payscale" and set her to chores to earn it, she can "buy back" a second shot for it. Don't make this multiple choice and don't give her other options. Despite her age, she is still a minor and still under your rules right now. Rather than worrying about what will make these last couple months easy, use these last couple months to teach her and prepare her as much as you can. Use the things that matter to her, you can make that work for you. Chances are she wont be out the door the day she turns 18 anyways, so as long as she is still in your household and you are providing for her, she will STILL need to follow your rules - 18 or no. Best of luck to you, and feel free to pm for moral support.