Today we were to start explaining the “intolerables” of our house. These are not rules they are unacceptable, no compromise, no second chance offenses.
They will be…
no self harm or threat of self harm
no physical aggression
no eloping (leaving the house without permission)
We started tonight with the no eloping. He immediately started arguing with us. I informed him that eloping was an intolerable and it was not open for discussion. He told us that he was going to be at Hillside forever.
With every fiber of my being I wanted to scream, “FINE”!
But instead I took a deep breath and said, “If that is your choice today, I feel sad for you. You have family and friends who love you and want to take care of you. Goodnight Damian, I love you, I will talk with you tomorrow.”