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The Real Housewives of Orange County Clip: Lynne Confronts Alexa

Getting Grounded: Having Strict Parents Doesn't Always Suck

As unreal as The Real Housewives of Orange County can be, last night's episode raises an interesting question: can stricter parents be better? Housewife Lynne complains that she can't get her daughter Alexa to do what she says — in this case, showing up for an appointment with a "youthologist" designed to help motivate her.

Alexa tells her mom that she skipped the appointment because she was hungover. Later, she admits that if her parents actually punished her, she might shape up: "If they want to be strict parents, then they should ground me . . . keep me in the house, you know, do something about it."

Of course, she doesn't say this to her mom, because really, who wants to be grounded? Still, sometimes having strict parents or rules like curfews at least makes teens feel like someone cares. What do you think?

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