I’ve got a couple of young teenagers who are always whining about wanting more “freedom”. They want to be able to stay out as late as they like, do whatever they want, and go wherever they want. How can I teach them that they are too young for all this “freedom”?
Well, Bob, my advice is to give them so much freedom that they won’t ever pester you for it again. Here’s the plan: Take them for a drive into your nearest wilderness area, making sure that you end up at least two hundred miles from civilization. When you get to an area that looks like it’s got plenty of drinking water and not too many bears or mountain lion, drop them off and tell them you’ll be back in a week’s time.
Depending on just how obnoxious they have been, you might choose to leave them a tent, sleeping bags, a box of matches, and a Swiss Army knife. If you’re a real softie you could even leave them a few cans of baked beans. This is guaranteed to teach them that “freedom” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Believe me, they’ll thank you for it one day.