Truth, Lies, and Society

Quite the interesting experience taking my 13 year-old son out of school to home school. I can honestly say that I was not prepared for what happened today.

We discussed “What makes a lie, a lie?”

My son said he wanted to ‘get a job’ and said he needs to be 14. “But you are not 14.” I said. “So!” he states loudly. “Saying you are 14 when you are 13 is a lie. Plus working at your age is a priviledge.”

Well you would have thought I dropped a bomb based on his reaction.

“It’s just a little, white lie.” he explains. “Besides, it is a right. All my friends are 13 and they have said they are 14 and their parents let them do it. OMG I can’t believe you. You try and make everything a priviledge, I have a right to work.”

So I am thinking, “If they said to jump in the lake you would do that too?” But didn’t.

All along, I am trying my best not to bust out loud laughing but when he said “You can help me find a job and you can tell them I am 14. if yhey find out I will be the one to get fired not you. besides, then I would be spending my money and not yours.”

We went for a walk at lunch and along the way the topic came up again. We debated back and forth but the conversation eneded when I asked him to prove that he had the right to work as a minor and he issued the challenge back for me to prove that it is not a right.

So, here we are and this should make for an interesting teaching opportunity.

Makes me wonder what people are teaching their kids – oh, I forgot there are parents, teachers, and then home schoolers. Glad I

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11 Responses to “Truth, Lies, and Society”


  1. 1 Lisa September 23, 2006 at 1:42 am

    Why not help him start his own business? There are tons of learning opportunities in owning your own business. Or teach him about investing. He could do some unique chores around the house. Then he could learn about stocks and purchase them. Our daughter has done quite well with her stock selections. There are more ways to earn money than just working for someone else.

  2. 2 Greg Balanko-Dickson September 23, 2006 at 2:14 am

    Thanks Lisa: I have tried the “start a business idea” and I think that will take me some time and convincing to do and I will give it a better shot, which I can do now that I am teaching him. I think the bigger issue is he is struggling seeing us as his ‘teachers’ – I think [read hope] that will change over time.

    Until now he has only seen us as parents not as a teacher or mentor.

  3. 3 Lisa September 23, 2006 at 2:35 am

    As I mentioned with another a family I know well. Sometimes kids just need to be reminded that the parents were their first teachers. After all you guys were the ones that not only wiped their rear but taught them how to do it. Not the public school teachers.

    If you want to be really effective you could have him write 100x, “My parents are my teachers!” Just kidding…although I bet he would become convinced real quick that you are his teacher.

  4. 4 Kerry August 30, 2015 at 1:10 am

    This is a really old blog. Hopefully, if you’re still homeschooling your kids, you’ve improved your spelling and punctuation skills. Good Lord.


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