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But i honestly didn't do it! - January 22nd 2011, 09:31 PM

Ok so we have hade dishes going missing. No one has ever really thought of it until now. Last night my mom fussed at me to do dishes (after i got out two loads of clothes and cleaned my room,living room,and kitchen) The next day a few cups went missing and where found in the trash. my mom started screaming at me she knew that i did it. i honestly didnt do it i didn't see them when i was doing the dishes. She grounded me from my phone for a month even after i tryed to tell her i honestly didn't do it. how do i get her to belive me?
   
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Re: But i honestly didn't do it! - January 22nd 2011, 10:09 PM

If you insist you didn't throw the cups away, then your mom will probably counter with, "Then who did?" That's not a question you want to answer, because that means you'd have to accuse someone else of throwing the cups away... and when you play the blame game, no one wins.

It might be more productive to say something like this (in your own words, of course):
"I don't know how the cups ended up in the trash, Mom. I don't know why anyone would throw them away, so they probably ended up in the trash by accident. It's my fault for not noticing they were missing, though. I should have looked for them when I was washing the dishes last night. So even though I didn't throw them away, I'm sorry for not finding and washing them last night."

I know it seems like a very kiss-butt type of answer, but this will allow you to compromise with your mom. You're obviously not going to apologize for something you didn't do... but you can make it look like you're apologizing for something else. Of course you wouldn't have thought to look in the trash, but you can apologize for not washing the cups anyway. Maybe that will pacify your mom, and she'll ease up on your punishment.





   
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