I would have looked at other options
Counseling would have been best
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
Dont know all the details but at first glance...but probably not the best means of motivation the parents could have offered. Not sure how/why people believe that dominance and control is or has ever worked with teenagers. I also doubt whatever parent/child conflicts are currently occurring that they happened over the last few months.
Mt. Rushmore: Three surveyors and some other guy.
Life goes on within you and without you. -Harrison
Hear the echoes of the centuries, Power isn't all that money buys. -Peart
After you learn quantum mechanics you're never really the same again. -Weinberg
I had 3 A students including one that was fluent in Russian by her sophomore year and one fluent in Spanish and Japanese. My third child...not so much. Now...granted he was a better student up til the 10th grade than I was...but he still decided he wanted to rebel a little, made some bad choices, and didnt want to immediately bounce back. So...we did all we could do after identifying what we really wanted (with the understanding that all we can control is our own choices). We worked to maintain a powerful and positive loving relationship with our son. His world...his choices...his consequences. He managed to choose to pull his head out, graduate ahead of his peers, is a career NCO, and is a great husband and father. Covered in tats, smokes, drinks, and I couldnt be be more proud of him as my son.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
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