It seems to me you made too many punishments for not a serious lie...........and yes, I do see degrees of lying.
i do agree that she was definitely feeling that the green ink pen all over her paper meant she did a bad job and was going to disappoint us. in the past we have told her that this teacher is way to critical and she should not worry so much about all the ink on her work. that's why it's surprising she even lied at all because she knows we think this particular teacher is to much a perfectionist.
in my mind if she does not see that little lies eventually lead to big lies and that lying can eventually get her and others into serious trouble then she will see no need not to lie to cover things over. right now it's lying about a school paper and later on it could be lying about doing drugs. i agree that there are degrees of lying but at what point do you crack down on it?
maybe i should backtrack. here's what happened the time she lost out on her birthday party.
open book quiz at school. she didn't bother to look up the answers to the questions (she knows how to read but sometimes does have issues with grasping the concept behind what she reads). teacher had them each grade their own papers. my daughter got pretty much every answer wrong because she just wrote whatever came to mind (she said she was just being lazy and didn't feel like looking up all the answers). teacher had the children grade their own tests then went around the room and asked for the scores from each child. my daughter said, "99%". teacher called her up to the front knowing it was not true and gave her a detention for lying/cheating on her quiz. teacher sent home a note regarding detention, which my daughter did not show anyone. my daughter did not go to detention. teacher called home. to everyone involved this was not a minor issue. my daughter needed to know that it is not ok to cheat and lie to her teacher and then not be honest about her detention.
while i can understand why she did what she did that still does not make it ok. i can see that getting to the heart of the matter and finding out why she is behaving this way is important and at the same time i also believe in consequences for our actions.
i'm not sure taking away her overnight this weekend with her friends was that extreme. she is still going to her all day cheerleading event this saturday and it was already 8:00p by the time we sent her to her room with no tv, etc. she read a book or two and went to bed.
i do want her to learn something from this though and that is why i was thinking that if she wrote a paper talking about honesty and how important it is that we trust one another it might help her to see why it hurts us when she lies.
i think the therapist suggestion was a great one though because she is definitely going through a host of things this year between being in two different households, starting puberty, stressing about schoolwork and friends, etc.