Fyodor Dostoyevsky, though a great writer, had nothing on parents of teens.
If you are actually planning on reading Crime and Punishment, 'cause you haven't gotten around to it yet- you know, since 1866 - skip this post.
In case you're not familiar with the book, (or the Cliff Notes), the main character kills someone in the beginning of the book - for what he thinks are very good reasons, and then spends the rest of the book growing increasingly paranoid, and finally ends up in prison. But the real punishment is the agony he goes through before he gets caught. By the time he gets caught and sentenced it's actually this huge relief.
And what I want to know is:
Why is it that my life occasionally resembles a bad remake of this novel? And why do I have to be the shifty-eyed detective?
Before we had
"Teach them correct principles and let them govern themselves."
But the tricky part is knowing if I'm still in the teaching process, or if I should be in the letting-them-govern stage? Because frankly, right now, if they aren't employing the "correct principles" then, I'm not really open to the "governing yourselves" part.
As you may have guessed, somebody's grounded again. And as I'm trying to think up interesting, educational ways to spend a day that have nothing to do with friends, phones, or TV, I'm beginning to wonder exactly which one of us is being punished?
The good news is that it looks like this house is going to be a whole lot cleaner in about 2 weeks!