It was no good fighting my mother - you were on a loosing battle.
She wouldn't argue. She would just state a fact and if you didn't comply then a punishment was earned. This could be a grounding, as in not allowed out to play when younger or, go out in the evening of older. If you argued with the punishment then all she would do was increase the grounding length!
Anyone who stayed was treated as part of the family. One lad, aged about 18 was lodging with us whilst the gas company were changing the system to natural gas. He arrived Sunday evening from the mainland and went home the following Friday. His room was a t the top of the house.m
Dad would wake us with a cup of tea, mum would cook breakfast and then call us when it was ready. This lad would not get up and when the van arrived to pick him up he wasn't ready so, delayed all in starting work.
When he came back for his second week my mother looked up at him and said, "I am telling you that I am not walking up two flights of stairs time and time again to call you. You will get up when you are first called or ELSE!"
I warned him she meant it.
Dad woke us. When I went downstairs he was still in bed. I warned him mum meant it. He just ignored me.
Jane and I left for work and mum went into the yard, filled a pan with water from the but which, as it was winter was cold, went up the stairs and next thing we heard was a yell and mum saying, "I warned you!"
He was never late up again.
Like GMA100 I would suck up punishment, it was usually earned and arguing just increased the length!