Saturday, August 30, 2008

The List

What do you get when you mix a disrespectful teen, a fed up mother, a punishment and a video camera?

A pretty funny video actually.

But before you watch it, allow me to explain first.

The other day Charli called Austin on his cell phone to ask him to be home in time for open house.

"But mom, open house is for freshmen! I don't need to go to that!" And then he started talking back to the point of where Charli had heard enough.

Now, since Charli began working full time, we have been leaving the kids a small list of 2 or 3 chores every morning to accomplish before we get home in the evening. But on this particular morning, Charli decided to assign Austin just a few extra duties as a reward for dissing her the night before.

Here's what he woke up to yesterday:

Austin -

Since you seem to think speaking to me with disrespect is acceptable, I decided to let you live a small portion of my life today. I will expect you to stay home today and accomplish the following chores.

1. Put your clothes away neatly and bring down laundry basket (to basement)

2. Make your bed

3. Use magic sponge and a chair and clean ceiling in upper bathroom

4. Bring all trash (except Brandon's) down from upstairs then take out the trash can

5. Bring down all laundry to basement

6. Sweep living room and kitchen and stairs

7. Vacuum family room

8. Dust living room, family room and both dining rooms

9. Bring towels and washcloths up from casual dining room table as well as any clothes

10. Spray window in kitchen back door and get rid of hand prints

11. Wipe down all kitchen cabinets (do this well)

12. Vacuum basement

13. Clean up your sleeping spot

I will check these when I get home and you will redo what isn't done.

Mom

So what was Austin's response?

Well, here's what was waiting for us on our computer when we got home.



I must say, this cracked me up. Instead of the typical reaction of grumbling about how unfair this punishment was etc, Austin instead decided to swallow the pill and have a little fun with it at the same time (with the help of his sister).

And even though I'd like to, I doubt I'll ever see this type of response again. But if this is how he wants to handle his punishments in the future - I'll certainly take it!

Oh, and Austin?

Mom says "apology accepted."

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If this made you smile, please don't hesitate to smile back :-)

54 comments:

VE said...

That's awesome. He should go on tour. I have a lot of stuff that could be cleaned...

VE said...

Hah! I even got FISTS!!!!!

VE said...

Well...that would be FIRSTS. I do have fists though...

Mom Thumb said...

That totally looks like something my kids would have done. I ADORE your kids!

Sornie said...

I only hope that my soon-to-be kid is that industrious and creative when it comes to cleaning up.

Kirsten said...

That's so great!! You wife is a genius and so is your boy!!

Durblady said...

OMG - I love it! This is why I don't blog as frequently as you do - I can't bring people to tears simply by what's happening in my house! Thanks for the chuckles!

Jeff said...

ve - Austin already thinks he will go "on tour" with his skateboard buddies when he graduates. God help us. Oh, and congratulations on being fist.

mom thumb - I can see Curtis pulling this off. :-)

sornie - This isn't a common occurrence. Trust me.

kirsten - My boy is smart for not continuing to talk back about this.

durblady - I got lucky. This one was just waiting for me to blog about. Literally.

Jennine said...

I LOVE IT!!! This post totally made my day and Austin? You are going to do well in this world...tackling life with a sense of humor. And elbow grease.

The goldfish stirring used to be my favorite VFTC post, but now this is.

Brilliant!

cathouse teri said...

Being able to cope creatively and with complexity is definitely a sign of intelligence. :)

He probably knew that the next step was losing the cell phone.

Karen MEG said...

Brilliant!!!

Great video, effects and everything. My 8 yo boy loved the gagging effect.

Smart mom, Austin has there.

And funny boy; wonder where he got his sense of humour from ;)

Fancy Schmancy said...

omg, what a good kid! Can we trade?

Heather said...

How do I get my chores to go that fast?

Jeff said...

jennine - I figured you'd appreciate this one ;b

teri - He knows his mom well.

karen - Austin has been doing a lot of video editing lately. I think he's getting pretty good at it!

fancy - Sorry. He's almost paid for now so I would lose money if I traded him.

heather - The same way he did. Just have someone tape you doing them, and edit them down to 2 minutes.

Babs (Beetle) said...

Wow! That was a great way of accepting his lot! Brilliant!

Windyridge said...

Well I CAN RELATE! My 14 and 16 year old boys will be required to read this post and watch the video!!

unfinishedrambling said...

Talent and humor truly run in the family, don't they?

And I'll be smiling back over at Humor-Blogs.com...although I'm already smiling right now on the inside. Thanks for brightening my day.

Memarie Lane said...

Looks like you're raising them right. I have total floor envy BTW.

Michelle said...

On the upside, if he had time enough to do all the chores and make the video before you got home, maybe he's ready to take on a little more responsibility on a regular basis ;)

I'm still praying that I can retire housework by the time the wee ones are 10....

Jeff said...

babs - You Brits always make everything sound so cheery. I love that! ;b

windyridge - Glad we could be of service!

unfinishedrambling - Thanks, but my post hasn't even shown up on H-B yet (grrrr). But please do try again later if you can!

memarie - You're looking at many many hours of hard labor there (no reference to you intended). We've literally redone every square inch of floor in this place.

michelle - Oh, he's gonna love you for that one! ;-)

Dave2 said...

He was only protecting himself with evidence that can hold up his claim of child abuse in a court of law. I'd be very careful... he could file a lawsuit at any moment for such cruel and unusual punishment!

Phil said...

Wow, your kids are creative!

Jeff said...

dave2 - Good thing he didn't videotape that time we made him break rocks in the hot sun for 8 hours. Whew!

phil - Oh Austin is anything but normal... no doubt about that!

Bill said...

Did Austin tell you that he was talking to someone else, and his mom thought he meant her?

Rickey Henderson said...

heh, funny stuff. your boy done you proud sir.

Susan said...

I only hope if (when) my daughter is faced with something like this she takes a similar approach. I can't decide if I'm looking forward to her becoming a teenager (she's only 9) or dreading it.

regan said...

I could never do that many chores...
And if I'm not allowed to put stuff of myself on the internet.... because me and my friends did make some pretty awesome videos this one time.... but then we couldn't put it on youtube. Oh well.

When I have to clean my room, I just listen to music while I'm doing it. It makes slightly more fun.

Elizabeth said...

Wow, what a great attitude he has! Oh, and you have two dinning rooms? Cool!

Elizabeth said...

p.s. Did you hear about our governor?

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Nice job! I am still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that he actually did it.

Good kid.

Drowsey Monkey said...

lol ... very creative.

Who uses brooms anymore? Don't you get all those swiffer commercials where you live?

Anette said...

So creative and so clever! You should be proud!

Bill said...

Your right Charli. Austin could make it as a salesman, but you have to believe him because of his smile!

carlae said...

I didn't see his sisters name in the credits. hmm, but clever nonetheless.

JD at I Do Things said...

Oh, my god. Austin is totally awesome. Please tell him to report to my house. I have a list of chores, too. He can bring his attitude and video camera.

JD at I Do Things

Jeff said...

bill - Yes, that was part of the story. Not the part that got him in trouble though.

rickey - He did indeed.

susan - I wouldn't count on it. Austin is 16 and this is the first time he's ever taken this approach to either chores or a punishment.

regan - Hang on to those cool videos for when you're older. They'll make awesome material for your blog - which I have no doubt you will have someday :-)

elizabeth - Some previous owner put an addition on this house in the 70s and so now we have 2 living rooms and dining rooms on either side of the house - a "formal" side and a "casual" side. And yes, I did hear about your governor. But only for the first time yesterday!

ed - Miracles DO happen!

drowsey - We have all the latest high tech contraptions, but somehow the good old fashioned brooms never run out of covers or spray.

anette - Yeah, we kinda like him :-)

bill - Don't we know it. That smile has gotten him out of a lot of jambs in his life.

carlaE - Yes, his sister was the camerawoman. Not too bad for a kid eh?

jd - I'll pass him the message. If you have any good skateboard spots in your town he just might take you up on that.

Gette said...

So amused. That kid is gold. I'll bet he learned it all from Dad...

Sexy Housewife said...

Love the music! How did he learn to sweep so fast? Good that he learn now that "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned"! My son has been a bit slow in learning this, he likes to talk back too.

April said...

Can I just send my kids to your house for the next 8-10 years?

G said...

That is one talented kid! Well two, if you count the videographer. I like a kid who can take his licks with humor.

Long time, catching up as I have not been in the land of Blogs much these days. Congrats on your 500th post! I believe we may have crossed paths at the border crossing from Canada as we made a short trip up that way as well. Now I don't feel as badly about our 1100 mile round trip journey. Hope you and the family had a great summer.

~lil g :)

Maureen said...

"Fist", let me say Bravo on the parenting...

Second, I shall HAVE to show this to My daughter.

Third, thank the gods I never had boys. I am way too much of a wimp.

Fourth, your son has inherited your sense of humor!

yellojkt said...

And how did the bathroom ceiling get so dirty?

Corrina said...

Not only is your son a comedic genius, he's gonna be winning MTV movie awards someday. :-)

That was hilarious. You're raising an awesome kid there, Jeff! Good for you and the wife. :-)

Bill said...

It was great to see Austin and his two friends for an over-night skate party last week. All three parents could be proud of their young men, but just in case, I had brooms and scrub rags ready!

Charli said...

Bill, you crack me up.
Charli

Meg said...

A great response. What a blogging/vlogging family you are!!

Chris Wood said...

That's good stuff, & a good response

Jeff said...

gette - Maybe the smart alec part but definitely not the video skills.

sexy housewife - Funny. Good training for a future wife eh?

april - Sure, I don't charge much.

g - Hey lil' g! Wouldn't that have been cool if we had crashed into each other? Well, not literally.

maureen - I have no doubt you would be an awesome mom to boys if your polite and respectful daughter is any indication.

yello - Maybe when the water bounces off their grimy little heads?

corrina - Thanks. He does like to be a goof. That's for sure.

bill - You should have put them to work. They owe you for letting them stay at your house, fixing their car and helping them out when they got stuck.

charli - Yeah, he's a wisenheimer for sure.

meg - Are you Norwegian? I'm pretty sure bloggenvloggen is some kind of pastry or something.

chris - Thanks Chris. And thanks for stopping by. Your blog is a riot! :-)

ann of the shampoo bag said...

To Regan...Wait!!! You clean your room???!!!!

Jeff and Charli- I am proud of the way you and Austin handled this situation. It's good to know that kids can have a sense of humor even when being disciplined.
A special shoutout to Roseanna for the marvelous camera work. BTW, what was the background music?

bon bon said...

i'm not sure you gave him enough to do if he had time to direct, star in and edit a movie. next time throw in an oil change and tire rotation.

The Chick said...

That is fantastic! These kids today!

TK said...

He's shown a pretty mature and very intelligent reaction to a complaint. He obviously already learned that from his parents. I also think he may have been trying, in his own way, to tell mom he loves her. Teen boys don't show it much, but they still desire closeness with their parents.

wayabetty said...

First of, I think you should write a parenting manual! How in the world do you get a teenager to do what he's been told? I absolutely loved the video, and who was doing the taping? Austin will definitely go far in this world! Good for you and Charli for raising awesome kids!!

wayabetty said...

Oh, sorry I didn't see the last paragraph about your daughter doing the taping.