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Got a Teen? Don’t Take the Bait!

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Recently, on the way to school, my teenage son and I heard a silly commercial on the radio. I commented that it must be running at the same time every day because we had heard the exact same commercial while sitting at the same stop light the day before.

Just making conversation, right?

My son suddenly must have realized that he hadn’t fulfilled his “if mom says the sky is blue I must insist it’s green” quota for the day. So he came up with: “It wasn’t exactly the same commercial as the one that ran yesterday.”

Then he looked at me expectantly…

For the record? Yes, friends, it was EXACTLY the same commercial. But to my credit, I did something I don’t often manage to do: I didn’t take the bait. I just sort of shrugged as if to say “Oh well. You may be right. Who knows?”

Drove him nuts. Who was this mom who failed to engage in a debate over… nothing? After a couple more attempts resulted in less that his desired results, we moved on to another topic.

Success! I was not the catch of the day. I wish I could say it went this well every day, but I’ll take my victories where I can get them.

Have you been baited by your teen lately? How did you handle it? Today I was on my game. But tomorrow? I may need all the tips I can get!