So fellas, I need some backup here.
My girlfriend’s 15-year old son (currently in 10th grade, in a private school, will be 16 in under a month) has this recurring, nasty little habit of whining about how much harder life is in school, as opposed to being easier when you “only” have to go to work. I need some new and convincing points to throw at him, to attempt to shut him down once and for all.
His main points are that in school, you have to listen to what the teachers say, you have homework every night, tests, and no time to relax (funny…he manages to get onto Xbox 360 for 2-3 hours a night though.) He says, when you work, your day ends at 5:00, and you get to make money, to buy whatever you want.
He simply does not acknowledge the days I’ve had to work from 8 a.m. to 9 at night. Or the fact the adults have to deal with silly little things called “bills” and “rent” and “car insurance” (that last one will be near and dear to his heart, as he may be getting his permit next month).
Unfortunately, he’s the kind of kid who, if you tell him the “T” in T-Nation stands for Testosterone, he’ll yap on and on telling you that it doesn’t. TC himself could tell him that, and this kid would still say “No it doesn’t. Prove it.”
Am I wasting my energy, and fighting a losing battle here? Is it just typical teenager crap I need to deal with? At this point, I just want to get the point into his head that the real world is not all the fun and games he seems to be expecting.