Vent Your Spleen

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), July 9, 2004 | Go to article overview

Vent Your Spleen


I don't want to sound like an old fogey and one of those people who say things were very different in my day, but I really need to say something about the attitude of teenagers and children in general.

I have a teenage son and he talks to me as though I am not even his father. He holds me, and indeed his elders in general, in no esteem. His attitude towards me is nothing short of disgraceful and I really don't know what to do. When I was a boy I was ruled by my father's belt, but I respected him.

At school it was the cane or the strap and at home the bobby on the beat knew exactly where you lived.

I have tried mediating and have tried talking to him in his language, but nothing works. The only time he is nice to me is when money is mentioned.

I wonder how many parents out there are also at their wits' end with their teenagers.

I am not a violent person, never have been, and would never resort to violence with anyone, let alone a child, but I do try to talk things out. But I feel I have lost. I don't feel there is anything else I can say or do.

If anyone out there has any answers, please ring Vent Your Spleen because, believe me, I have tried everything.

DB, Chester le Street.

I am furious with the shambolic justice system in this country with regard to people being killed by hit-and-run drivers. The government should he locked up for neglecting its duty.

LB, Heaton.

IN reply to AK, if you were so concerned about the litter on Tynemouth Beach, why didn't you pick it up yourself instead of watching the lifeguard? …

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