THERE SHOULD BE NO TOLERANCE FOR THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR! THE TPing IS ONE KIND OF TEENAGE ANTIC, SO IS THE DOORBELL DITCHING. THIS IS NOT AN ANTIC OR A JOKE AND IT IS NOT FUNNY IN ANY WAY.
PARENTS - YO, THIS MEANS YOU, NOT JUST "SOME OTHER KID'S PARENTS" -
EVEN IF YOU THINK YOUR KIDS APPEAR WELL BEHAVED, START PAYING CLOSER ATTENTION.
IF YOU KNOW YOUR KIDS ARE PROBLEMS, THEN GROW UP YOURSELVES AND BE PARENTS AND GET THEM UNDER CONTROL.
LET'S REVISIT THE BROKEN LIGHT POST OF A MONTH OR SO AGO AND THE BUY-OUT OF THE ADULT CHILD'S RESPONSIBILITY BY THE PARENTS. (By the way, Adult Child is not meant to be an oxymoron in these cases, but it is a very unfortunate truth and parents who buy the kid or adult child out of trouble aren't doing anyone any favors.) THE KIDS TEARING UP FLOWER BEDS WITH GOLF CARTS AND TURNING OFF ELECTRICITY AND BREAKING INTO CARS AND HOUSES TODAY WILL BE THE KIDS RUNNING INTO LIGHT POSTS OR WORSE TOMORROW. AND WHAT ARE ANY OF THEM DOING OUT ON OUR STREETS AT THAT TIME OF NIGHT AND WHY ARE THEY ALLOWED TO TAKE YOUR GOLF CART.
IF THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH IN YEARS TO DRIVE A CAR OR A GOLF CART THEY BETTER BE MATURE ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW WRONG THIS IS AND STOP DOING IT. IF THEY AREN'T THAT MATURE, THEY SHOULDN'T BE ON THE ROAD IN EITHER A GOLF CART OR A CAR.
YOU HAVE NO ONE TO BLAME BUT YOURSELVES, PARENTS. I BELIEVE YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT KIDS ARE GUILTY OF THIS BEHAVIOR. GROW UP AND BE RESPONSIBLE. TRY SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR YOUR KIDS. YOU'LL REAP A GREAT BENEFIT FOR YOUR EFFORTS.
I can tell you that I had a really screwed up childhood, but learned right from wrong as a small child. It's not a hard concept to get. Try instilling it in your children - or maybe you need to start with yourselves.