Parents sometimes have heated arguments with their older children and teenagers. I know this is not exactly breaking news. But, here is something to consider. A heated conversation is a bad time to form lasting opinions. For example, a father has concluded that his son is totally rebellious and has no desire to do anything he is asked to do. This is because in a heated argument his son appeared to refuse to do obey. Let's look at both sides of this particular argument.
Scott, fifteen, was furiously finishing up a text message with a friend. He was trying to hurry because he knew he needed to get the grass cut. He was almost finished when Dad saw him in the living room and told him he needed to cut the grass. Scott looked up and was about to say, "Almost done." But before he could say anything Dad was already telling him to stop messing with his phone and get to work. Scott was upset. Scott was texting about a time to do a school project with his friend. He wasn't "messing around." So Scott said:
"Dad, you don't even know what I am doing. Stop judging me. The last thing I want to do now is cut the grass."
With that Scott stormed out of the room. Though his dad didn't know it, Scott immediately felt awful about being disrespectful to his dad. He would ask Dad's forgiveness as soon as he finished with cutting the grass.
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