After he broke a curfew rule several times after repeated warnings, I grounded my 16-year-old son from attending a concert with his friends he had been looking forward to. A few hours before showtime, the (outdoor) concert was cancelled because of heavy rain. No make-up date was announced. So instead I grounded him from a church group waterpark outing that is coming up in a few weeks. Both my son and his younger sister (whom we’ve already have nicknamed “our little lawyer”) say this is unfair. My wife is keeping quiet but she privately told me I am being unreasonable. The kids argue that the punishment was that my son could not go to the concert--and he didn’t go. I say the cancellation negated the grounding as there was nothing to be grounded from. As a parent, I can lay down discipline as I see fit, but I like think of myself as fair. I also don't want my son to think he "got off on a technicality." We agreed to post the question on a discussion board to see if there was a consensus either way.
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