Accountability on Good News Thursday!

Good News Thursday Blog Hop!

Good News Thursday is all about sharing the GOOD things that happen in our lives.

Hosted by myself, Trista from Anderson’s Angels and Courtney from Joy of Momma Joyner.

Hooraaaay for Accountability!

It is a joyful day indeed when a teen actually starts to practice accountability. This past week, my oldest (who is 16 yrs old) got into an altercation at school. No, not a fight! If it had been a fight, that’s what I would have called it. That’s not the important part. The important part is that instead of lying to teachers, the principal, and myself, he took responsibility for his part of the problem. Yes, even with me.

You have to know my teen to know how absolutely ‘Good News’ worthy this was – is. In the past, he would try to stay out of trouble by blaming it all on someone else. He would have waited for the principal to notify me of the problem. When confronted, he would have ‘doctored’ his story to make him look less guilty. Miracle of miracles, these things did not happen this time. The day it happened, he came in from school, came to the table to do homework, and said, “I have to tell you about something that happened today at school.”

His punishment at school was very minimal; three days of ISS (In School Suspension). Normally he would be grounded for his part in this whole scenario, mainly because I would not get the whole, real truth the first time told, and would have had to extract it like a painful infected tooth. There would have been yelling, crying, frustration and anger. To me the truth is all important; I won’t – don’t – tolerate lying.

So, because he was truthful with me, and accepted responsibility for what he had done, we had a discussion about how the situation could have been handled to keep it from becoming volatile enough that he got in trouble, as well as the other student.

No yelling. No arguements. No crying. No grounding.

Communication. Acceptance. Responsibility. Trust.

This morning he told me that because he hasn’t been reprimanded in ISS at all, they may let him off a day early. This is no easy feat for him, as he is highly ADHD. I am so proud of him. He’s finally growing up.

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Comments

  1. That is so awesome! Well, not the altercation part, but the accountability part. Heres to hoping his ISS is shortened a day

  2. That is great! I lived in ISS! LOL!

    • LMBO! Terin! He did too last year! So far this year, this is his first time. Wish it hadn’t had to happen, but him growing up finally makes it all worth it!

  3. Accountability is a terrific lesson to be learned! What good news :)

  4. That is great :-) I hate when my kids lie to me and they are 9, 6 & 3 and they are learning quickly that lying gets them no where

  5. Communication. Acceptance. Responsibility. Trust.
    Good words to live by.

  6. Such a great lesson and something that everyone needs to learn!

  7. Accountability is a huge step for a teenager. You must be really proud despite what he did to use it. He is treading on the right path. Good for him!

  8. Something so important but I think we often forget! thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Good for him that he was accountable for what he did.

  10. Yay! Good news to share.

    I think “Communication. Acceptance. Responsibility. Trust.” sounds like a nice mantra to adopt that can be applied to all sorts of situations.

  11. Way to go!

  12. Kudos to your son for being honest. It takes courage to be an honest person when you know that there may be a consequence coming, so besides showing accountability – he also exhibited courage. :-)

  13. Accountability is so important. I hope my daughter will be able to talk to me when she’s your sons age.

  14. Good work your children. Accountability is nice to keep track of! Love the good news.

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