I grounded my 13 year old son as he failed to come straight home from school after he had been asked to do so as I had to go out. He went out with his friends instead and when contacted and told to come home directly decided to walk his friend home first. Consequently I was late for an apt. He had done something similar before and had been asked to call and ask before he went anywhere but home after school. I grounded him for the weekend but had to go out for half an hour. When I returned he had gone out and was not picking up my calls. Eventually he called back and said he was out for a ride on his bike. I told him to come home immediately but he cut my call off. I am so upset and frustrated that he would disrespect me enough to do this. I really don’t know where to go from here. I feel he is getting out of control. His behaviour generally has changed over the past several weeks, he is curt, ignores my requests to do things such as chores and homework, and blatantly refuses to do as he is asked on occasions. I do put boundaries in place and give consequences but what do you do when those consequences are ignored?
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