Tuesday, June 15, 2010

18 and Life...

You want to know a phrase that I NEVER want to hear again?  

"I'm 18..."

Somewhere, someone started this rumor that all of the wonders of the world open up to you at 18.  Lies!  All lies!  Any time that we ask Nick to do something that he does not want to do, he starts with "I'm 18 and...blah, blah, blah", any time we remind him of his responsibilities, it's "I'm 18 and...blah, blah, blah."
And you want to know what is funny about these responses?  They CONSTANTLY are at direct odds with each other.  I mean one time "I'm 18" means that he is a mature individual and therefore should not have to listen to his parents any longer and then (usually not long after the first declaration) he will use that line to get out of doing something because being 18 means that he is just supposed to have fun.

Seriously?  Are you kidding me with this stuff?

Now I know that he did not create this "I'm 18" phenomenon...hell, I remember using it myself when I was 18 and to my parents, let me just say that I am sorry.  I find the fact that I am still alive and have full use of my legs a huge testament to your patience and understanding.  

What the boy does not understand is that biologically being 18 years of age does not give you super powers and does not entitle you to be a total BRAT to everyone around you.  If you are going to claim the 18 as a maturity level, then be prepared to go full-throttle with it.  Be mature.  Take care of your responsibilities and don't MAKE us have to talk to you like a child and remind you to do the things that you need to do.  

Here's something:
E - everything is NOT about you
I - insulting your parents is not winning you any points
H - how much longer are you planning on living here?
E - enough of the nonsense
E - every argument is getting tiresome
N - NEVER say "I'm 18" to me again!

I love you, my son, but you are seriously making me crazy!!! 


Lola said...

I'd say the next time he pulls the "I'm 18" thing when you ask him to do his share of chores or whatever, remind him how much it costs to live on his own. Rent, electricity, heat, phone, insurance, car, car insurance, FOOD. Remind him that you're not asking for much in return.

Carol at A Second Cup said...

That... Was....Brillant!!!!!!

jenn said...

My kids have just entered the their teen years, and I am scared of what is to come.