Dear Mom and Dad,
Today Claire was grounded. The infraction wasn't terribly important. What I learned, though, is that you weren't kidding when you said, "This hurts me more than it hurts you." It really is more of a punishment for me to have her here whining at me, looking out the window at her sister and her friends like a sad puppy in a shop window, and crying about how mean I am. I would rather just spank her and get it over with (which also hurts me more, but only lasts a couple minutes). Too bad we parents aren't allowed to say, "Go cut a switch!" anymore, because it sure beats a whole day of complaining. Also, now I know why I wasn't grounded very often as a child. I only lasted a couple of hours before I told her, "I think you've learned your lesson," and let her go play.
All those times you said, "Someday you'll have a daughter just like you..."? You win. Sorry.