I'm sitting at work feeling livid, as I've just received an email from school to say that DD (14) is in seclusion due to truanting from a lesson.
I had a phone call on Monday morning to say that she didn't turn up for an RE lesson, sat in the toilet with a friend.
DH and I had a very long chat with her Monday night, she started off by saying that RE is boring and she didn't think she'd get caught!! How she thinks she can go to registration, miss first lesson and then appear at second lesson without anyone noticing is beyond me.
Her next excuse was that she 'lives in the moment' and never thinks about consequences, punishments etc, but whilst she was bunking off this lesson she realised that she shouldn't have done it. Also that she feels bad saying 'no' to 'friends' who want to misbehave.
She's had her ipad and phone banned for a week, which she hates, like most teens she loves her social media/you tube etc etc. Since the ban she's been a much nicer child, happier, chatty, doing homework without me nagging, going for a shower, reading, watching tv with us .... instead of being glued to screens like she normally is. I commented to DH last night that i'm really enjoying her company, but I know she's desperate to get her gadgets back.
So why would she decide to do this again today. I just don't get her. What punishment do I give out now?
I'd appreciate views/experiences of other parents whose children have gone through this phase. Just waiting for head of year to call, again. Her GCSE targets are As and A* but the way she's been behaving lately there's no way she'll achieve that.
Sounds like you have dealt with it appropriately. DD bunked RE once then claimed it went "against her beliefs ". She was also much nicer when on a phone ban I almost felt sad to give it back knowing all our chats and compliance would vanish!