90's FAMILY : GENERATIONS : Working It Out : Daughter's View

Sophomore, Whittier High School

The thing that bugs me the most about my mother, I guess, is that she follows through with her rules. Like, right now I'm kinda grounded and she sticks with it. If I try to weasel out of it, she won't let me.

Sometimes I think I can get away with it, but I should know better. I try anyway. I say: "Come on, Ma. Let me talk on the phone." I beg her to let me go somewhere. I can't talk on the phone and I'm not allowed out. I can go to school and do things I need for school.

I'm grounded right now because of my grades in Spanish. She wants me to get at least a C, so I've been grounded for the whole last quarter.

Before that, I was grounded for throwing this party for my sister. We were supposed to have a party for 35 people but 350 people showed up. My mom was really mad. It was our fault and we took full responsibility.

It seems like toward the end of the year, I always seem to get in trouble for something. I start to goof off or something. Last year, I got in trouble because I went with my friends to Magic Mountain. My parents said I couldn't go because I came home late one night. I went anyway. I was grounded for a long time. Then I hadn't been grounded for a while until my sister's birthday party.

But, one other thing about my mom. She's always there for us. Whenever we need someone to talk to, she's there. She's a really strong person. She has to be with four kids and one on the way. And I guess you could say I'm mischievous. I guess it's because I'm a kid, still growing up, trying to see what I can get away with.

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