Trapped Between Childhood and Adulthood With too Much Power

By Janice Barlow

Common Scenario.

Fourteen year old son: “Mom! I can’t find my blue jeans!”

They are in the wash, honey.”

But MOM! I NEED to wear them TODAY! They are the only ones that go with my “Born to be a Unicorn” Tee shirt!”

Sorry, Cade, wear it tomorrow, that’s dirty too. Besides, you need to expand your wardrobe. You have plenty of clothes.”

Yeah, but they all SUCK! Everything sucks! This house sucks, this family sucks, you guys are clueless about reality, and I can’t wait to get out of this F***ing house!”

I understand, sweetie. Soon you can do your own thing. Just be patient.”

Patience! My a**!  While kids my age are getting shot in cold blood in their schools? I’m gonna get involved and put a stop to all of it! You watch and see! Because you whitey-tightey parents don’t do S**t!!!”

Sweetheart, I wish you wouldn’t talk like that. Where are you going? Text me when you think you are headed home!”

Door slams and car screeches away down driveway.


How much of this is going on in some manner or another across America daily?

Even before President Trump‘s cussing tirades blasted across rallies and on network television; before he told his handlers to bully and pound on hecklers during his speeches, this sort of disrespectful behavior was commonplace in homes everywhere as teens and even children spat out obscenities and rude comebacks at their parents for the last couple decades.

Chaos and bullying at a Trump rally

No boundaries? No. More like no discipline or rules or guidelines at all. Kids did and continue to do at an escalating pace, whatever they choose to do. Some of the ones who seem to maintain a modicum of honor to their parents are the ones who attend church and have curfews and look to their parents as the ones who raise and guide them, and not their buddies who feed them and dish out cash when needed.

I often told my boys that I was not the “Barlow Bank” and if they needed money, there was a pool that needed cleaning or dog poop that needed to be scooped up first. There may have been some eye-rolling, but the jobs got done. Homework did too, before they were allowed to leave the house, watch TV or play games online, (which we had to approve).

Why? Because they were CHILDREN.

They were living under our roof, and needed to follow our rules. There were no exceptions. Just as we had to do the same when we could not support ourselves, our sons had to live within the confines of how the household was run, and there were consequences if they strayed outside of them. (Loss of the use of the car, of online gaming, of going to a friend’s house, or having a friend visit, as examples).

My sons turned out to be normal, well adjusted young men, holding down responsible careers and not needing more than an occasional $20 here and there for a bit until they were in their twenties. They knew to speak to adults with respect, to apply for jobs, (even part time teen jobs) dressed properly with decent haircuts and a resume. They didn’t cuss, belittle others, or try and make a stand for things they knew nothing about.

Which would you rather hire? This one?
Or this one? To be your hotel receptionist.

No one could ever say that my sons became a tool of the Left.

But the primary focus that I emblazoned on their young and undeveloped minds was that they were NOT ADULTS. They could not make demands as adults, expect people to take them seriously as adults, and attempt to enact policy change as adults.

But today, in their mid-twenties, they are watching before their eyes as students less than ten years their junior are attempting to behave as adults, marching out of their high schools, demanding changes to the Second Amendment as the solution to making schools safer. Never mind that over 3,000 children are being murdered daily in the womb before given a chance at life and a future. Those children don’t count. They don’t have a voice.

Abortion on demand is not a sexy issue to discuss.

Banning abortion on demand takes away the “right” of children to dispose of “other children”.

The interesting key to the entire scenario of the safety marches and demands by children is: They insist on behaving like adults and having people take them seriously as adults when they are addressing the gun-ban issues. They are passionate. It’s about their feelings. Their spokesman, child David Hogg, is in the news almost daily, cussing and attacking adults across the land for “allowing” children to die by mass shootings on school campuses; insisting that something be done. Deeper background checks. Ban bump stocks. Evaluate mental status of gun buyers, etc. Nothing about abortion. Nothing about making the school structures safer, and ANGER at the suggestion of clear backpacks.

How easily we have forgotten that the Second Amendment was designed to protect we the people from them, the government. From tyranny, from taking what does not belong to it. The left, which is effectively manipulating the children, wants to KEEP their guns; they just don’t want the Right to have any of them.

The bottom line is that the “children” are trying to be adults when it is convenient. When they can get a platform, a camera, a microphone and a march. But they are simply children otherwise; scared, highly anxious, and raging hormoned teenagers. In addition, if the school shootings, which are extremely rare by all practical comparison to gang violence, drug shootings, robberies, and even texting and driving, are merely removed from the average high school, what we see is this:

A group of kids trapped between childhood and adulthood, most of whom are angry, spoiled, disrespectful, foul mouthed and full of themselves, who now, because of the media attention given to a handful of “journalism students” (if such a title can be granted to those in high school), believe that they have the capacity to alter not only laws in Congress, but the actual Constitution.

Shame on the real adults in the room who are giving them enough of a voice to enact changes that they don’t even have a college education to understand.


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One thought on “Trapped Between Childhood and Adulthood With too Much Power

  1. Thanks Janice. Every commentary you write is 100% correct. I wish you had a larger following because every parent of a teenager (I refuse to call them young adults), needs to read this. Parents need to stop trying to be their children’s best friend and start using the word NO.

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