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Re: Re: #%* kid

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Posted by screaminghollow on August 17, 2004 at 12:27:01 from (

In Reply to: Re: #%* kid posted by farmer fred on August 17, 2004 at 11:43:59:

UR so right of course. I am only the step dad. Problem is that whenever I try to show him anything, even since he was five, his dad doesn't do that, his dad doesn't buy stuff that breaks, if he doesn't like carrying out the trash, he'll go live with his dad; he spent a couple weeks with his dad and moved back with us. But the litany hasn't stopped. Why don't we have a plasma TV like his dad? why don't we have a brand new truck like his dad, why don't this and that? (I won't say anything derogatory about his dad but his 44 yr old dad, who never graduated from high school, lives in an apartment with his parents and never had to do anything for himself.)
I have tried to teach him about things mechanical, even bought him a go kart to work on and helped him rebuild the engine, taught him about different threads etc. I know full well he knows what a spark plug wrench is, where they are and how to use one. He just doesn't give a crap if the item is not his. He will blow up his bicycle tire hundreds of times and use the pressure guage to make sure it is right. Last month on his younger sister's bicycle, he just tried to put a 120 lbs in the tire and blew out both tires and tubes. Then he tried to say they must have been cheap tires or seconds. If I buy a half gallon of ice cream at the store on the way home from the office, I'll find the empty carton in the trash before supper. We have tried to teach him to be considerate of others and respectful of other's property. He is just like his revered "Dad"

Our 12 yr old daughter is completely the opposite. She will always ask if it is ok to have something or use something that is not hers. She will ask us to show her how to do things. She washes the dishes without being asked and always helps around the farm. She rarely asks for anything new and prides herself in making things herself. Last night realizing that it may cost a bit to repair the tractor, she said she really didn't need anything for back to school and her new shoes could wait. Thankfully, the money is not a consideration, but she offered. One kid is surprisingly sensitive and considerate and the other is a selfish brat.

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