difficult child lied to me about a homework assignment last wk. Normally I stay out of school stuff, but the teacher forced the issue by sending home 2 sep. homework alerts for me to sign. One was late, but finished, and the other was a science worksheet that had not even been touched. difficult child insisted he no longer had to finish it, since he was getting a zero grade anyway. I told him that was strange, since he still needed to know the material. He still denied it. I emailed the teacher. She said he was being dishonest, and kept him in from recess to complete the worksheet. (I love teacher lingo--you can't just say "he lied.") I wanted to ground difficult child off the computer, and to his rm for a wk, but husband wanted to tell him he no longer gets a bike for Christmas. I think that's too big of a thing to take away. Of course, husband evaded the whole thing all weekend ... he hates confrontation ... we talked to difficult child about it, sent him to his room (he argued about it, then dug himself in deeper, lying about the lie, since he couldn't keep track. Arg.) So, we never talked to him about the bike. His birthday is on the 10th, so he'll still get gifts. I hate this. Any ideas?