|Not a bad boy. (Yet.)|
Doug and I like to use real stories from our lives as examples when explaining things to the kids. The other night, we were totally selling our brothers out by telling stories of the stupid things they did when they were young. It started off as a discussion of peer pressure (don't remember how we got to that topic in the first place).
And then it devolved into a sort of Oh-yeah-well-listen-to-what-my-brother-did!-fest. I'm not sure we conveyed quite the message we were going for, however. I think that all the giggling we did probably diluted the impact of the stories.
After band practice one night, Unnamed Brother #1 went joy-riding with some of his band mates. They were feeling feisty and decided to run over a trash-can with their car. (only a teenage boy would think THAT sounds like fun.) They were spotted by a person who got their license plate number and called the police. This resulted in arrested teenagers, a shocked and awed sibling, a very angry father, and a frighteningly silent ride home from the police station.
Unnamed Sibling #2 decided to sneak out of the house one night and steal his sibling's car to drive around town. (again with the joy-riding!) Unfortunately, this brother was not old enough to drive and he got pulled over by a cop who noticed that his headlights were not turned on. This also resulted in an arrested teenager, a shocked and awed sibling, a very angry father, and a frighteningly silent ride home from the police station.
I fully expect one of the kids to bring these things up at the next family gathering. Under the right circumstances, that could result in an Oh-yeah-well-listen-to-what-your-mom/dad-did!-fest. What hath we wrought!