It is definitely true that teen brains are different than adult brains.
Sometimes I just want to laugh when my kids ask me certain things. I’ll share two examples right now.
Mr. K thinks tribal tattoos are amazing and he has become pretty good at drawing the designs. More than once have we had the discussion about not writing on his body — I know that others may view things differently but our view is that our bodies are temples and we should not put bumper stickers or graffiti on them. Once my children leave my home, then they get to make those decisions about their body — but while they are living with us, they need to follow our guidelines or there are consequences.
So a few days ago he walks into our bedroom and asks me, “Hypothetically speaking, if I drew a tattoo on my arm, would I be grounded?” I looked at him in disbelief and said, “Hypothetically speaking, DON’T DO IT!”
Then tonight Mr. K comes to me and asks if he really has to go to young men’s at the church tonight if he is still working on homework. He has a school book in his hand as he asks me this. I look at him (again with disbelief) and tell him that yes, he gets to go to young men’s tonight. He asked why to which I pointed out that he had been hanging with friends and sleeping earlier. So if he has time to do those things, then he had time to get his homework done. Does he really think I am not paying attention to what he does and doesn’t do?
I now stand corrected — Mr K just walked by and wondered what the picture on the screen was. So I let him read what I had written. He then “looked at me with disbelief” and said, “I already finished it!” He was going to do some major slow work to make that last all the way through young men’s — because it hasn’t even started yet 🙂
And then to make my point even better, ever since I told him that, he has not been doing homework. Clearly that homework is not too high of a priority to him.
On a lighter note, Miss S is taking health this term and she just started human reproduction section. She was sitting near me, a few minutes ago, filling out a form that had specific blanks that she was to fill in, after reading certain sections on a website. She suddenly looked at me and said, “I’m going to die! I DO NOT need to know this!”
These kids are cracking me up!