Hi to all, may I just say, I'm glad it's the weekend. Had a particularly emotionally volatile day Friday, we're still reeling and recovering (staff).
Had to lay down the law to the kids tonite (with dh's backup) re: grades and their friends IM'ing them, using foul language. Got a lot of lip from youngest. Guess that's normal from an almost-14-yo (he'll be 14 on Mar 9) ---Oh, and did I mention he knows it all?? But of course, you knew that.
We told him to tell his friend to clean up his language or we'd cut off the internet. "But why am I
being punished???" Dh: "Because it's your IM, and you're responsible for the content. So tell your friend."
It seems to be only one "friend" who does this. I initially caught it when I was on the computer and the IM window popped up with profanity on it from him. I typed in that I'm the mother and he better clean up his language. He initially thought it was my youngest playing w/him, and we corrected that notion. Dh will now be monitoring their IMs at will, and I may be glancing over shoulders as they IM. We have always told them we have every right to peek at what they're doing, and we will exercise that right every now and then. Most of the time I respect their "right" to privacy (and that's hard for a compulsive reader like me!). I really DON'T want to know every word they IM, but they need a little fear put in them (youngest, especially).
<sigh> Parenting is so hard. Why do they always have to push that envelope?? I just pray they'll grow up to be strong adults and make sane
choices. Or recover quickly.
Leslie, I was following yesterday's posts. Hope those kids give no more trouble! I'm relieved your bil was able to help.
Angie, hope you feel better soon.
Greetings Tweety and Madwife! How was the teetotaling, NPO, non-flirting party???
Tweety, I ENJOY when I have a few hours to myself at home, I get a lot more done.
I better get to bed. Hope everyone has something bright and/or unexpected (in a good way) happen today. -- D