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#16 HawkMan

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 14:54

Yea I'd give her it back too, with the addition of politely telling her to shove it up her ass


Attitudes like that is why kids need rules. Especially the ones about proper manners.


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Posted 01 January 2013 - 14:54

Attitudes like that is why kids need rules. Especially the ones about proper manners.

If anything these rules are going to make the kid resent his parents for controlling his life. I didn't have any rules as a kid apart from the obvious common sense ones and I turned out ok?

It's ok to have some rules but not controlling every little thing and decision in a persons life.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 14:56

These rules are not even close to controlling every little thing and decision, these rules are just teaching him common sense and manner and respect.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 14:58

If anything these rules are going to make the kid resent his parents for controlling his life. I didn't have any rules as a kid apart from the obvious common sense ones and I turned out ok?

It's ok to have some rules but not controlling every little thing and decision in a persons life.


She is not controlling him at all really. Just giving him some basic rules to abide by. Have you seen how ignorant a lot of phone users are nowadays?
They're either texting or have their head in facebook. Even when you're trying to have a conversation with them.

Anyway i don't think kids need phones, other than for emergencies. Majority of us got on fine without a mobile phone.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 14:58

Attitudes like that is why kids need rules. Especially the ones about proper manners.

I'm sure he'd not phrase it in an insulting way, which would be quite inappropriate.

I agree though that the parents should get a clear message for such an awful attempt and control complex.
Otherwise you'll end up breaking free too late and your parents won't even realize and keep treating you like always before, because "acting up" is understood with a teenager, once you hit the 20's it's all just blamed on you.

Trust me, I know what I'm talking about.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 14:59

These rules are not even close to controlling every little thing and decision, these rules are just teaching him common sense and manner and respect.

Of course they are, they are telling him how, when and why to use his mobile, he has to give it them back every night, can't take it it school, can't do this, can't do that.

I'd hate to live with his parents if they are like this over a freaking phone.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 15:00

15 Turn off the email signature, Nobody cares what device you used to send an email and it sounds obnoxious to advertise one.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 15:01

Attitudes like that is why kids need rules. Especially the ones about proper manners.


Not at all, I have perfect manners to people who deserve them, I was brought up with a shed load of rules too but getting a list of ridiculous demands like that, I'd tell her to do one.

She is an absolute control freak, nothing to do with keeping her kid safe at all, who is she to tell him never to blank calls ? Fair enough tell him to answer his parents, but not everyone.

I'd rather not have a phone than have one with such a huge list of ways to get in trouble with your parents over.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 15:03

And why does he need to use the phone at night, he's a kid, he's supposed to sleep. not play on the phone all night. Not controlling
When he's at school, he's supposed to be studying or playing with other kids, not play on his phone, if they need to reach him, they can call the school, also not controlling, just teaching common sense and manners.

Not at all, I have perfect manners to people who deserve them, I was brought up with a shed load of rules too but getting a list of ridiculous demands like that, I'd tell her to do one.

She is an absolute control freak, nothing to do with keeping her kid safe at all, who is she to tell him never to blank calls ? Fair enough tell him to answer his parents, but not everyone.

I'd rather not have a phone than have one with such a huge list of ways to get in trouble with your parents over.


Actually she only told him to never "ignore" the phone ringing, and to always answer his parents. not to always answer all calls.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 15:05

And why does he need to use the phone at night, he's a kid, he's supposed to sleep. not play on the phone all night. Not controlling
When he's at school, he's supposed to be studying or playing with other kids, not play on his phone, if they need to reach him, they can call the school, also not controlling, just teaching common sense and manners.

I never said he did, but at some point you have to trust your kid to make the right decisions and ultimately make a few mistakes to learn from, not treat him like a prisoner. First time he steps out of line with the phone then you take it off him, you don't give him a set of demands just waiting for him to screw up. These are the worst kind of parents, I'm not saying be completely hands off but they have gone to the other EXTREME.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 15:06

Why was this even on Good Morning America? Is this really news? Fair enough to have it like this on a public forum but to have it as a story on a television program :/

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 15:07

I'm sure he'd not phrase it in an insulting way, which would be quite inappropriate.

I agree though that the parents should get a clear message for such an awful attempt and control complex.
Otherwise you'll end up breaking free too late and your parents won't even realize and keep treating you like always before, because "acting up" is understood with a teenager, once you hit the 20's it's all just blamed on you.

Trust me, I know what I'm talking about.

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Too many controlling rules can have the opposite effect too, I was constantly asked to turn my music down when I lived with my folks, whereas my brother was allowed to play the drums in the next room

Over and over and over, Turn your music down, now I feel the effects from the constant nagging, when the missus asks me to turn the TV down or whatever I feel that twist in my gut that signals the beginning of getting mad with someone

I can control it easy, but its still there and Im 100% sure its from my folks always getting on my case about it when I was young

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 15:08

LOL at the people here saying they would politely tell mom to shove it up the ass.

Nothing wrong with the rules and conditions. You have to learn there are rules and conditions to everything in life and there are consequences if you violate them. Your kid needs to understand that they now hold a powerful communication tool and with it comes consequences (some which can not be taken back) if not used properly.

Good on the parents. I wouldn't doubt that as he gets older some of the conditions will become more lax....

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 15:10

Actually she only told him to never "ignore" the phone ringing, and to always answer his parents. not to always answer all calls.


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Posted 01 January 2013 - 15:12

Well, at least it's an iPhone. Bejeezus how many more rules she'd have to write if it was an Android!