3. No Punishment

Back when I was a kid, there was a thing like being grounded for messing up. No I’m not talking about physical violence because I’ve received a slap only once and that was because I’ve been very mean, rude and insulted my dad very badly. I’m talking about not being able to do or have something you want because you’ve chosen to disobey a direct order coming from the highest authority you know – your parents.

This has made me a better, more responsible person because I’ve learned that you can’t go through life expecting to get away with everything. My sister has also learned the meaning of being grounded but for my brother, being grounded remained a total abstraction – a word mom and dad use often but never follow through. And tell me, when he finds a job one day and decides to not show up for work, do you think his boss will give him a pat on the back and say, “It’s okay, just try not to do it anymore”?

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