Monday, September 29, 2008


I got yet another call from the school today about The Teenager.

He was in in-school suspension this past Friday for writing the word "dick" on his notebook with a dry erase marker on the school bus. Today, it's detention for not turning in his signed progress report.

We asked him about Friday's incident and why he did it. His answer? "Because so-and-so told me to." What? He can't think for himself? Reminds me of the old saying, "If they told you to jump off a bridge..."

Today, he tells his teacher that his little brother took the progress report off of the table. I know this isn't true. I signed his report for all classes but the one for this class I never even saw. I asked him why he lied to his teacher and I got the deer-in-the-headlights look. I could hear crickets.

I'm at a loss as to what to do with this child. Do these children hit puberty and just become stupid? Does testosterone cause the brain neurons not to fire anymore?

I could seriously use some advice here.


Tracey said...

Welcome to life with a teenager. I have never had one myself but worked with them for 3 1/2 years. Oh the things they will come up with! :) Good luck and just are closer to 18 than you think!

Danielle said...

Oh it does NOT get easier... We lucked out with our oldest - he was easy. Our middle was HARD! Problems with school. Pulled back etc. He is now 20. All I can say - is STAY IN HIS face. Be on his arse! The more you show you care and are not giving up - the more it counts. Ugh, I am not looking forward to doing it again with Aiden.