Is "I Don't Know" an acceptable answer?
My daughter and her stepmom had a rough spot last night. D is 7 and she has one of the fill in the blank diaries. She filled in several of the blanks with the word "sleep", as in that is what she would rather be doing at any given time of the day. She was showing this to her stepmom and then she was asked why she put that answer in the blanks. Her response was "I don't know".
In our home, that has never really been an acceptable answer. The more her stepmom asked why she wrote it, the more withdrawn D became. If I disagree with her stepmom, I am told that I create a "both of you against me" atmosphere. She and her stepmopm normally have a wonderful relationship, however, she has no tolerance for dishonesty. By D saying that she did not know, she is automatically told she is lying and gets in even more trouble.
I need to find some advice that would help me deal with the issue without making it even worse.