• Parents impose community service on daughter

    Date: 08.27.10 | by Judge Tom.

    Why wait for a court hearing and a judge to hand out a sentence for breaking a law?  In Southlake, Texas, the parents of 16-year-old Kirstin Rausch decided to nip her curfew violation in the bud.

    Robert Rausch placed an ad in the local paper offering his daughter’s babysitting services for free. For breaking her curfew, Kirstin’s parents gave her 30 hours of community service to complete. Her father said he wanted to discipline her and help others out at the same time.

    Kirstin Rausch

    The ad read: “Want a FREE BABYSITTER for a night out? I’m in big trouble for missing my curfew and my parents are making me provide 30 hours of free babysitting as punishment. My pain is your gain, so call.” 

    She knew 11:00 p.m. was her bedtime and the deadline for having friends over. About six friends came over and her parents awoke around 2:30 a.m. to the noise. Kirstin commented that she won’t violate her curfew again or throw anymore late-night parties. “I learned that if you break curfew you’re going to get in trouble. And everything — every mistake has a consequence.”

    In a similar case of tough love, read here about a “mean mom” dealing with her son’s driving with alcohol in the car.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Askthejudge.info
      Fri, 27 Aug 2010 at 02:54

      Parents get creative and impose unique punishment for daughter's breaking curfew. http://fb.me/B4EMYj8Y