I just gave my kids quite a wake-up call and consequences. Possibly even a scare. I am just sick of all the "I asked you, you must not remember but you TOLD ME it was okay." Lately there have been more and more times when I supposedly gave permission or items not for daily consumption but I don't remember it. There have also been times when I was repaid money for something that Jess didn't have money for when it was purchased but she paid me for later - but I couldn't find the money in my purse. She IS good about paying for things if she asks us to front the money because hers is at home. But there are also MANY things that I asked/told them to do that they claim I did not say to them. All has been chocked up to "mom forgot"or mom thought she said it but didn't. I am either developing early alzheimers or some other horrible memory problem or my kids are using this as an excuse. As it NEVER happens with husband, well, you can guess what i think it happening. This am husband came in to get some balance bars for his lunch. The box that was supposed to be there was GONE. Not even empty, gone. It was the last straw. We also had a big box of them from Sams that we just haven't seen since it came home. My kids LOVE these bars in any flavor that has chocolate in it and they will eat six or seven a day if given free rein. That is why they are not kept in the pantry. They live on a shelf in our bedroom or in husband's study. We do not buy them for easy eating or snacking. Kids ONLY get them when we are on a trip or out shopping or thank you is running late for the bus but needs something to eat. They are NOT for kids to eat at home. they can go fix a peanut butter sandwich at home. It is also highly interesting that Jess came in five min after our talk and wanted to look on a shelf where she "thought she had seen the box" meaning the small box that was missing. She moved a basket of videos that was in front of the box and "found" two of the bars. I told her to stop and wait for me because I was in the bathroom. When I came out she showed me where she "found" them - the basket in front of that shelf hasn't moved in a month. No way they were on that shelf because I looked a couple minutes earlier. She also could not produce the box she "found" the two bars in. From the look of them, they were in her purse (purse lint is a giveaway, lol). I let her slide because it isn't that big of an issue to me of where they were. That they were returned and it stops is what matters, not guilt or innocence or proving that she lied. She knows. She knows I know. We move on from there. I also intend to go to Staples or the office supply part of Walmart and get a receipt book. The carbonless kind that makes two copies. One for them to take out and post on the message board and one for my records. I am SICK of I forgot or I didn't know you wanted me to. Anyone else starting things like this to combat the summer "I forgotszzzzzz' and to help move that unwanted friend of theirs from the house - you know, that guy who does everything wrong and cannot be found or made to correct the problem but is always to blame - I Dunno. He is moving OUT of my house today! So that was my summer line in the sand. WHat are you doing to keep them from driving you batty all summer?