Quote of the Week

"If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way" ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Quote by Samuel Clemens
Posted by:Sally--Monday, March 19, 2012

At a recent office meeting I was talking with one our therapists about kids and sons in particular. She has three grown sons and shared this Mark Twain quote with me:

On the topic of raising teenagers, Mark Twain advised, “When a boy turns 13, put him in a barrel and feed him through a knot hole. When he turns 16, plug up the hole.”

I know many of us feel this way with our addicted teens! If we could just put them in a barrel maybe until they are in their twenties when hopefully they will have finally "gotten it" and then turn them loose in the world. Wilma


Anonymous said...

They called it teenage pms, except I am a male. 12, family said I started acting strange. 13, they said that I am on my "he pms". I was like "huh....?" Then at 16 and a half, holy crap my mind spiraled down into the depths of fiery cold teardrop misery. Now 18 almost 19 I am still crazy, but much better than 17, not where I want to be though, so it is discouraging to the point where I say "meh, I'm a little better." I started thinking at 16 and a little over a half years old that I should just stop thinking all thoughts until the worst of the storm had passed over to protect all good thoughts from becoming corrupted. Now I see it's just brain chemistry. Now I am fully convinced that I agree on psychologist's 25 year old adult diagnosis. Previous of age 16 1/2, or a little older, my worst moments sub 16 were experienced in an overall healthier genuine way than my best moments post 16, this is the best way I know how to describe why all my classmates all of a sudden exploded with uncontrollable rage, and pettiness. Hope everyone grows up ok, God Bless.

Anonymous said...

I feel like this too, but an about to be 19. Irrational thinking is at an all time high naturally, even in a better situation. An looking forward to stabilized brain chemistry and more rational thinking no matter where I end up

Anonymous said...

I kinda feel this way about myself sometimes (18) still


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