After a 1)shaky start, Miss Dudley gets her rule plan back on track.
Miss Dudley: Mom, what do you want on this list?
Mother: That we respect each other.
Miss Dudley: Can you give me an example of what you would class as respect from them?
Mother: We don't 2)talk down to each other, which tends…
Mother: …to happen. Yes, negativity.
Miss Dudley: That's a good word.
Loretta: Treat others how you want to be treated.
Miss Dudley: OK.
Mother: Homework must be done every day.
Miss Dudley: At 7:45 have breakfast, then off to school.
For once the family have cooperated. But will they stick to the rules?
Mother: Loretta, will you please come in the house, NOW!
After supper, Loretta's already ignoring the new rules and 4)slacking on the dishwashing.
Usually, Mom would give in and do the washing up. But Miss Dudley's determined that she enforces the rules.
Miss Dudley: …had to get the other two in and in the5)lounge, and then I'd just go out, not shouting at her, and just say “you need to put the bat and ball down and if you're not gonna come inside and do the washing up, then you're gonna go up to your room and you're not gonna watch TV all night,” so you need to let her think about what the 6)consequences of that are.
Mom's first tough line works, but Miss Dudley wonders if she can keep it up.
It's seven AM on Thursday morning.
Miss Dudley: Oh this is brilliant! Five past seven and you're up and dressed.
Mother: And she was in the shower before I got out of bed.
Miss Dudley: Last night it was extremely difficult to get through to Loretta and spent a long time talking to her. It is great that she's up and she's in a good mood and she's really efficient this morning. She's done her own ironing and she's dressed and she's drying her hair.