In answer to your question regarding rules and teenagers. I have two 19 yr olds (who don't live at home) and a 17 (almost 18 yr old) who does.
I have thrown pretty much every rule I thought I would have out the window. The ones that apply to our home this week are: no sex in my home, although that mainly applies to me apparently, although I'm pretty sure he's not getting any either, only smoke whilst sitting on the window sill, act sober - I don't want to know, definitely no drugs, and not to call Babe XXX because it's not covered on his phone plan!
Until they were 15-16 I was feeling pretty damn smug about my awesome parenting skills, however life has a habit of throwing up on your expectations. In my defense, I can say, hand on heart, that they are kind, creative, respectful and feral beings who love me.
Each kid is different but just keep a picture of them at their cutest on hand at all times, ages 4 and 5 for me, and take lots of deep breaths.
Rules you ask? hahahahahahahaha - Susan
Never expected to express admiration for a coalition pollie but Barry seems to be standing up for his beliefs. Uncommon in most politicians but to hold his ground against Federal colleagues is even more unusual. Hope he maintains his stance. - Madge
Whether he is right or wrong, at least O'Farrell is making his own decision regardless of Tony Abbott's direction. At last, someone who doesn't slavishly follow the party line but thinks for himself! If the LNP don't see anything in education needing repair, then they need their eyes testing, seriously. And what is more important for the nation's future than the education our young are receiving today? - Jenny
Very direct Harry. PS I love you. - Susanna
Of course you're not, Caz. I should have known. How come you are commenting on a site you've often derided with contempt and ridicule? Have you discovered that everything Akerman says is a lie dictated by the that senile fascist, Murdoch? Have you worked out that Bolt is owned and paid for by Rinehart? Have you suddenly discovered that Climate Change is not a socialist plot to take over the world; that homosexuals are human; that the ALP is not a conspiracy to destroy Australia? I guess not. - Jack Richards
Come on, first of all, Sly Place, what the hell is your problem, if you don't like this, why have you spend so much time "Chiding" to people about how bad it is, you obviously have some connection with the writing otherwise you would have closed this tab after the first paragraph.
I personally think you elders need to take a step back and think what it was like to be 16, remember, you can draw on your memories to understand, but we don't know what it is like to be 50, I would know, I am 16.
P.S I am Susanna's son. - Harry
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon... - Sue
Gosh I would have had some fun with this B n B owners. Creative revenge is so much more fun than complaining!
I would accept the single beds without raising a peep of protest. Access and convenience is all important to my plan.
I would spend some fun filled hours re-arrangijng the room "just so" so it left as a scene of lesbian debauchery. Handcuffs left dangling ,with one loop closed and the other hanging open. A dildo of massive proportions slathered in the stickiest lubricant left nestled in a tangle of bedsheets. Maybe a riding crop? Lots of wet sticky patches up and down both the single beds. On leaving I would thank them profusely for the best night of my life in their ssssss single bed, noting we would probably have just gone to sleep in a double bed... but that damn sss single bed was just...so..hot. Guarantee that would never view a single bed in the same lesbian safe light ever again. - Coco
On a trip to Spain five years ago my daughter and I were not allowed to check into a B&B. We had booked and paid for online. Reason she thought we were a couple. I could have explained that she was 15 and not my partner but my daughter. But I thought that I would rather us sleep the night in the car than under a roof of someone so phobic. (On check in she asked to she our passports and noted we have different surnames, so jumped to the assumption we were a couple) - Julie
Quite funny considering NZ has legalised same sex marriage, perhaps they should have tied the knot first and said they were on their honeymoon, the Ruskin's may have welcomed them with a bottle of fine wine and a chocolate under their pillow instead of turning them away. In their line of business you would think that they wouldn't discriminate. Perhaps they should also turn away all those heterosexual unfaithful couples who play the straight married couple so well. That would probably cut a nice chunk from their yearly profit. - Lisa