My 16 year old boy had his first "house" party the other day. It did not go well. Having said that, my house is still standing and my children are still alive, so perhaps that was all I should have hoped for.
I agreed because he did not go to Newquay or Portugal post exams like a lot of his friends so I thought it would be reasonable to let him have some friends round whilst I was out at a nearby party. He was warned that under no circumstances should anybody go upstairs. Therefore, finding myself standing in a warm pile of vomit with my bare foot just as I climbed in to bed was more than enough evidence to prove that he failed to meet my minimum requirements.
However. What should be done? About punishment I mean?
Is it simply a learning curve and one of those memories they will always have, like we do - of being slightly badly behaved in somebody else's house? Not that I remember vomiting on the floor of my friends parents bedroom, mind you.
Obviously, the main punishment is that there are going to be no more parties at my house.