My sixteen year old had to write a paper for her English class. She had a lot going on that week and ran out of time so she copied something off the Internet word for word. She didn’t even try to rearrange it so it looked somewhat original. Her teacher recognized it and gave her an F. She has been on the honor roll for the last year and won’t be now. She is really angry at her teacher and blames her. Do I need to punish her as well?
I don’t think it’s necessary for you to punish your daughter again but you may need to look at her social life and what is taking up time that she needs to devote to her school work. Sometimes kids that age seem to think that their social life is the most important thing. Let her know that her social life will be curtailed if she doesn’t have time for her school work. Her attitude toward her teacher is troubling as well. She should know that if you break the rules you have to pay the consequences. Sixteen-year-olds are often self-centered. Hopefully, she will grow up. Learning that consequences come with not following the rules is part of this.