SKUNKPUNK turns 15!

Ok, This is a bit of a crisis. My oldest son, Skunkpunk, turns 15 today! I turned 37 last week. I'm feeling OLD. I only realized that I was no longer a teenager a couple of years ago, and now I'm having to deal with being a parent of a teen. For me, 15 was a big year. Learning to drive, my first serious girlfriend, etc. I'm not ready to deal with Skunkpunk's teenage-roller-coaster. So anyway, If anyone has any advice for us we could use it. I need advice on how to parent a teen, and he needs advice on how to survive the teen years.

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Doctor What9 years ago
Being a teenager is not fun. (some serious info here!) From my perspective, having my redneck step father raise me, I have a couple of things you might want to avoid: 1. Don't talk about your "past experiences" with girls. Your first kiss, etc. It gets awkward the moment you say the word puberty. It gets completely unbearable when you mention that time with the funnelcake. 2. My stepdad made me go outside and shoot birds, and wouldn't let me in until I shot something. I now hate going outside, and won't leave my room. Done killed myself the state bird. Basically, don't force him to do things he doesn't want to, otherwise, he won't ever try it. Just because you played football (example), doesn't mean he has to. 3. Don't listen to me.
skunkbait (author)  Doctor What9 years ago
Yeah, I fully agree with #2. My kids need to be their own persons. But #1 is so hard! I just feel compelled to warn them (without being graphic!)about the evils of women, and the foolish things guys do while in pursuit of them! :-)
Actually, I've gained a lot from hearing "cautionary tales" from my parents. My dad in particular. I'm not entirely sure he knew I was taking his bragging as advice on what does and doesn't work, but whatever... He stays away from advice about women, but when it comes to what to do and what not to do, telling a story can be more powerful than a lecture. Even better if you tell the applicable story before the kid screws up.
Hmm, oddly my mother was a source of many cautionary tales, things like sleeping on golf courses... It's weird how similar our teenage years aligned, right down to her not liking my girlfriends...
I still remember the "How I woke up directly in front of a freight train with a deer rifle in my hands in a small railroad outbuilding somehwere in this county" story... I imagine there'd be nothing quite like getting a golf ball to the face to make you wonder just what you were doing last night...
Pretty much... Except it was a lawnmower that woke me... Freight trains and deer rifles, sounds interesting...
Not in danger of running over you, I trust...
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai8 years ago
I flipped a lawnmower backwards off a trailer.
I now feel the need to try this. I hereby request that somebody else keep the keys to my shed and keep me out of it. I don't want to break my mower...
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai8 years ago
I also got it sooo wedged on a ramp, that I had to use a shotgun to remove it!
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