Judge. Jury. Executioner.
As a street judge, Dredd doesn’t just find criminals and bring them in. He judges them on the spot. If guilty, he assigns the punishment. If the punishment is death, he becomes the executioner.
In your house, you must be judge, jury, and executioner.
Not literally. You’re not going to kill your children.
But if you roll up on them violating a rule you set and explained to them, you must administer the punishment.
Don’t postpone it. Don’t pass it off to another.
You do it.
If you postpone it, you could forget it. And I guarantee your kid isn’t going to bring it up.
And if you pass it off, you’re sending the message to your child that they don’t have to listen to you because you’re not going to do anything about it.
They will not respect your authority.
Let them plead their case, but if you find them guilty, swift justice is required.
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