911? Can you come get these kids?

Oh yes I did! I called the Harris County Sheriff on my two oldest children. After weeks and weeks of constant and consistent bickering back and forth, it came to a head Thursday night.  My fifteen year old son and thirteen year old daughter got into a pushing match and that was the final straw! I separated them and when they decided to continue with the fussing, cussing, trying to get at each other, my last button had been pushed. As far as I was concerned they’d drawn the line in the sand, crossed it and the disrespect just blew by all boundaries! Being newly moved to Texas, I don’t know the laws when it comes to parenting and I didn’t want to “catch a case” which is exactly why I called the LAW! Need I say, that they both were completely shocked and flabbergasted when they heard me on the phone with the 911 operator.

Well, the oldest boy ran over to the clubhouse to call my mother (in Detroit) while the oldest gal strutted around the place without a worry. She only started worrying when I informed her that I’d called on BOTH of them, not just him, and as far as I was concerned, they both were getting taken the hell out of here. Imagine her surprise!

By the time that the officer arrived, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield had tucked themselves into their beds (as if that was going to keep the police from coming). The officer had each of them explain what’d happened, he then went on to inform them that the State of Texas allows parents to discipline their children, and that I wouldn’t be breaking any laws if I knocked the hell out of them (those are my words). He looked around the room and pointed out that they didn’t need big flatscreen TVs, Xboxs or Playstations with the way the that they were behaving. He gave them a stern warning and some great advice (about being brother and sister and sticking together). He declined to arrest either of them on domestic abuse charges (since no one was hurt and there weren’t any signs of physical abuse)  but he did file a formal complaint, which a detective will handle from this point onward.

I’m glad that I did what I did. By getting the police involved I showed them that I’m serious and I also learned my rights as a parent in this state. The bottom line is this: I’m not a referee. I’m not about to waste energy on negotiating peace between the two of them for a second longer. No more! I’m not doing it anymore! From now on I will call the police and next time I will allow them to be removed from the premises. Hopefully they won’t be foolish enough to call my bluff.

One way or another there will be peace in my home. They can do it the easy way, or the hard way. The choice is absolutely theirs!

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9 responses to “911? Can you come get these kids?

  1. Theresha

    Good job i think im going to do the same. I deserve peace also..

    • You absolutely do Theresha! We sacrifice, then go over and above the call of duty, to have this unrest going on in our homes. Our homes are our places of refuge from the outside world, and to come home and it’s off the hook with kids going back and forth? Uh uh! Mines got the hell scared out of them and it’s going to be quite a while before they try me again! Good luck!

  2. I have been there! Trust me you did the right thing…these kids are too aggressive & grown now days and until they hear it from the law they think we as parents cant knock the hell out of them. Bet you have some order in your house now!

    • Thank you. It feels good to see that other parents have my back on this. I’m so glad that the police told them, “that we’re going to come and enforce whatever mom says. She’s the boss and we’re her backup!” That was music to my ears and it threw them for a loop. I agree, I bet there’s some order going on around here now!

      • Yes girl, these kids try you to see how far they can go! And all this talk about you can’t beat their butt don’t help us…but when an officer tell them we can it makes it so much easier!

      • The officer told mine he was ordering me to whoop their ass for being so disrespectful when he leave! LOL!! They were crying and scared as hell.

  3. Here there is a program for teenagers who act up. You can take them there and its like boot camp. I sent my oldest two there. Left them there for a few days. They had to clean up. They didn’t have any luxury items. You take them a few pair of clothes that’s it. My girls were able to see less fortunate kids and hear their sad stories. They are monitored 24/7. Everything they do has to be supervised. You write a list of numbers of who they can call if any and they only get like 1 or 2 calls a day. It’s damn near like jail! LOL!!! It’s the best program ever for hard ass teenagers. SMH our children…

  4. Wow. I think the best part about this story is that now your kids know You. Mean. Business.

    My son will be 15 in June and my daughter turns 13 two weeks later in July.
    So I’m saving this post to send me strength this summer, for sure.

    • Oh wow! You’re in the same predicament as I (age and genderwise). Yes! They now know that I’m NOT playing! Believe it or not, it’s been absolutely perfect and peaceful every since.
      We must stay diligent! Let’s mean what we say and say what we mean!
      I promised myself when they call my bluff, I will answer EVERY single time! Thanks for the comment and much luck rearing your teens!

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