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Posted by screaminhollow on August 17, 2004 at 09:10:25 from (22.214.171.124):
16 yr old stays in his room and watches TV. Wife and I have disagreements about his need to do chores,etc. Occasionally he takes it upon himself to actually do something helpful. He has busted the trans in two lawn tractors popping clutches. He has taken lawn tractors apart and broke the crap out of the pieces. Yesterday, he started my 8n tractor and tried to mow the pasture. I don't know what he hit, but he poked a hole in the radiator and then ran back to the barn, spewing hot antifreeze everywhere and it was nearly bone dry when he got back. Who knows if he fried the engine. My little three wheel farm truck started backfiring, so he used a hammer and open end wrench to pull out the spark plugs, bending up the cowling. Then he put in the first spark plugs he found, the ones for the Ford truck. Of course they were too long and the pistons were hitting the spark plugs. The cylinders are now full of metal shavings.
Oh for the days when children were property and you could beat the crap out of them if you wished. Well it is going to be another six months till he gets his license.
I have always told everyone at my house, "If it isn't yours, don't touch it." The lawn tractors and the tractor are not his, why would he decide suddenly to be helpful. I told him, I think the stereo, TV and computer all need some fixing. and took them out of his room. He protested that they were his. I said "yep!" He couldn't keep his hands off my stuff, It is time to see how he likes it. He can get em back when he gets his license and a job AND pays for the patching of the tractor radiator. My wife, who normally thinks I am too hard on the kids, was very silent.
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