Two mothers have been much lauded in the news recently for their tough parenting.
I'm not impressed, and here's why:
Where were they being tough in the first place?
Or what were they thinking, that their responsible teenager would suddenly only be responsible and not be a teen?
Mother #1 gave her son an iphone with a list of 18 rules. Rules make sense. But I have an issue with some of them.
"Keep your eyes up. See the world happening around you.Stare out a window. Listen to the birds. Take a walk. Talk to a
stranger. Wonder without Googling."
"talk to people"
"don't be rude"
things like that.
They sound like smart parenting, only who waits to make it a condition with an iPhone? Shoulda started when he was young, Momma, then you don't need these rules. And he IS a teen of 2013. of COURSE he texts non-stop. Of COURSE he googles everything! "Take a walk"? He probably hitches rides with kids whose parents give them cars for their 16th birthday.
Which leads to our next Praised Mom. The one who put an ad in the paper as Angry Mom selling her 16 year old's truck because he got drunk and arrested.
Duh. He Is 16. His Brain is a Teenaged Boy. NOT an adult. So why are you giving him his own vehicle in first place??
What the heck is the matter with parents? Why can't they just parent?