File this under "Rants"

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Registered: 01-30-2007
File this under "Rants"
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Thu, 06-16-2011 - 1:02pm

A severe thunderstorm just rolled through. There was a break, but another one to follow soon. 16 yo son announces he's going for a bike ride. I say, you can't go right now. He says, it's not raining anymore, Sound of thunder in the distance - I respond, it's still stormy.

He stomps off to his room muttering something under his breath.

What the heck...it's not like I'm some kind of overbearing parent ...I'm just being practical. Does he really think I'm going to sit there and say, go ahead and have fun? ...Some days I just don't know if I'm going to survive another year and a half of this.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Fri, 06-17-2011 - 10:41am

I did say as long as there is no lightning. So, you tell him what to do when there is lightning- no standing under trees, stay away from conductors

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Registered: 08-08-2009
Fri, 06-17-2011 - 10:21pm

Somebody asked about common sense.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Wed, 06-22-2011 - 2:58pm

Note that my post was not to you, but to the OP who was concerned because there was a t-storm. Yes, I know you shouldn't stand (or sit, as was apparently the case with the girl who died) under a tree during a t-storm, but she was in her late teens, which is exactly the age we're talking about here. Even people who know better don't think something bad will happen to them.

I agree that rain by itself isn't a problem. Where I live, summer rain usually has some thunder with it, though.

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Registered: 04-18-2003
Sat, 07-02-2011 - 2:25pm

I like one comment someone said here about teens just not having common sense. So true. Children in adult bodies. There's just no logic there at all. I used to say that I'd never use the line "because I said so" like my parents did, but honestly, all the explanations in the world don't satisfy them, so sometimes you just have to say "because I'm the mom and I said so."

We've got some muttering here too. I don't know how I'll survive it all either. Maddening. I try to wake up every day all fresh and optimistic that today is the day that she'll snap out of the idiocy and be a nice respectful person. Some days are good and some days are bad.

Becky - mom to dd 15 and ds 13

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