[FoRK] Re: yet another story about my kid

Stephen D. Williams < sdw at lig.net > on > Wed Mar 8 06:46:50 PST 2006

I wasn't bad, but somehow people (and parents) had the sense to let me 
run my life pretty much.

I never did drugs, hardly drank at all, and didn't really do anything 
illegal.  My parents (father/stepmother) were clumsy and, overall, not 
good at all with teenagers to the point of abuse.  One brother did well, 
the other is a complete mess.  The father/stepmother had two children 
together (my half brother and sister) who have done well; the stepmother 
eventually learned parenting better.

I did do whatever I wanted, whenever, for as long as I wanted.  I would 
go on 100 mile bike rides to other cities.  Run to my girlfriend's house 
(20 miles away) and come back the next day.

I read for days, poked around my little town endlessly, trained for 
track/cross country/10Ks/marathons.

At 15, I left home and lived with a friend.  At 17 I was married with an 
18 year old pregnant wife (who became pregnant on purpose), had an 
apartment and job, and was finishing my last couple classes in high school.

At that point, I should have gone to Ohio State like I planned; running, 
academic, and economic scholarships / grants would have covered 
everything most likely, but I didn't really get good advice.  Not having 
grown up in a college town, I didn't get everything about the situation 
and discounted obvious opportunities.

So, I slugged it out the hard way.  It turned out OK, but now even my 
youngest are teenagers...  They are independent and confident, but 
without uniformly strong drive for academics or sports / health, from 
the boys especially.  None of them have really been problems, although 
the older two boys flirted with it a bit post 18.


Regina Schuman wrote:
> neither of you qualify - sorry.
>>>> Joe Barrera <joe at barrera.org> 3/8/2006 12:35:41 AM >>>
> Marty Halvorson wrote:
>>  "Regina Schuman" <rschuman at jfcsjax.org> wrote in message
>>> at this juncture i'm gonna ask:  how many of you on this list were
>>> "difficult" teens?
>>  I don't know.  Does staying out all night, not doing homework but
>>  still getting reasonable grades, and wandering the streets till all
>>  hours constitute "difficult"?  If that's all it takes, then I was
>>  difficult.
> Yeah, me too.
> How about reading fiction for ten hours straight?
> Guilty on that count as well.
> - Joe
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