DD2 (14) went to a friend's house on Tuesday as their school was closed. She left the house shortly before 10am and was told she needed to be home by 4. At 3:30ish she texted me to ask if she could come home at 4:30 instead of 4 to which I replied 'yes but no later'. At 4:20 I get another text saying 'Will be about 15 minutes late. Sorry' The rule in our house is that if you're not home when you're supposed to be you get a day's grounding for every minute you are late - DD came home 10 minutes late in the end so was grounded for 10 days. I have already made one exception to this as we have plans to visit friends on Saturday so have said she can still come. However,as school is closed today she is begging to be allowed out with her mates. So far, I have stayed firm. She has cried, begged, pleaded and even offered to 'swap' her grounding for a 2 week computer ban which I have said no to. So, ladies (and gents), am I being too hard on her? I would also add, in my defence, that there was no apology of any sort for the lateness other than the 'sorry' on the text.