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What if I’ve Broken a House Rule?

Here’s how to keep a bad situation from getting worse.

Speak the truth. If you don’t, you’ll only undermine any remaining trust your parents have in you. So be honest and specific about details.​—Proverbs 28:13.

  • Avoid justifying or minimizing what happened.

  • Always remember that “an answer, when mild, turns away rage.”​—Proverbs 15:1.

Apologize. Expressing regret over the worry, disappointment, or extra work you caused is appropriate and may reduce the severity of your punishment. However, your sorrow must be sincere.

Accept the consequences. Taking responsibility for your actions is a sign of maturity. Your best option may simply be to work at regaining your parents’ confidence.—Proverbs 20:11.

Remember, your parents have the responsibility to exercise reasonable control over your actions. Thus, the Bible speaks of “the commandment of your father” and “the law of your mother.”​—Proverbs 6:​20.

If you want your parents to give you more freedom

  • Build a record of abiding by their rules.

  • Strive to make obedience a part of your identity​—your inner sense that tells you who you are and what you stand for.