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would you be upset by this teen behaviour?

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honeymoonperiod Fri 22-Mar-13 16:29:31

Lashing down with rain here most of the day. I was on my way back from the friday shop around the same time as ds (13) comes out of school. Usually he doesn't mind walking back in the rain - it's only a 15 min walk - but it was so bad and I was nearby I thought I might as well pick him up.

Texted to say I would be waiting along the route. No response to text, I assumed he hadn't noticed it. Then saw ds and group of friends ahead of me, too far for me to shout. I drove a bit further down and drew level with the group wound down the window and called his name. He turned and saw me, the rest of the group turned as well, then he turned away without speaking and they all walked off. I could see the other boys talking to him and looking back at me but he didn't turn again.

I know your parents are embarrassing when you're a teen but surely blanking you in the street is taking things too far? As soon as he came in I sent him to his room - feel too upset to ask him for an apology at the moment - AIBU?

WestieMamma Fri 22-Mar-13 16:33:20

I don't think you're being unreasonable at all. It's one thing being embarrassed by your parents, it's another being rude.

YouTheCat Fri 22-Mar-13 16:34:30

Sounds like pretty horrible normal teen behaviour to me.

Chat to him when you are calmer about manners and then warn him that you will embarrass the crap out of him if he ever does it again. wink

quoteunquote Fri 22-Mar-13 16:35:42

It's rude,

did he get the text? or was he caught unaware and just froze with the correct response?

have you already met his friends?

HarrietSchulenberg Fri 22-Mar-13 16:36:07

YANBU. Ds1 has done this to me and to my mum. He said later that he didn't see us but it was obvious that he did. No advice I'm afraid but at least it wasn't you that got wet and cold.

dietstartsmonday Fri 22-Mar-13 16:36:25

Think i would have been tempted to do a silly run down the road calling his name grin
YANBU he only had to say no i'm walking.

BellaVita Fri 22-Mar-13 16:37:38

If I drive past DS1 (15) when he is walking with his friends to the bus stop on a morning, he pretends not to see me.

Typical behaviour.

AgentZigzag Fri 22-Mar-13 16:38:03

He should apologise and you shouldn't take it too seriously smile

You've said yourself that you know they can get embarrassed by their parents when they're with their friends at this age.

I would have shouted 'MUMMY'S GETTING YOUR TEA READY SO DON'T BE LATE' after him grin

YouTheCat Fri 22-Mar-13 16:38:18

Do you have a pet name from when he was small? I'd be making all of his friends aware of it, ruffle his hair a lot and just be as annoying as possible.

I'm pretty sure it will cure him of his selective hearing.

Hopasholic Fri 22-Mar-13 16:38:24

YANBU. Mine hasn't quite got there yet and is still happy for me to turn up as long as all his mates can pile in too. I can remember being absolutely furious with my mum turning up at school though when I was about 15 as everybody took the mick.
Next time he does want a lift somewhere, tell him to find a friend to walk with grin

JamieandtheMagicTorch Fri 22-Mar-13 16:40:33

I know we are embarrassing blah blah and you aren't meant to talk to them when they are with their friends, but yep. I'd be pissed off too.

I think they are paranoid about doing something uncool at this age but it escalates into thinking the most basic politeness are uncool.

I'd calm down and ask him to come to an agreement with you about basic manners. Whether that is simply acknowledging you with a smile.

lljkk Fri 22-Mar-13 16:40:54

I wouldn't be least bit offended, I'd be pointedly reminding him why he could expect no spontaneous offers of lifts in future.

INeverSaidThat Fri 22-Mar-13 16:43:41

I would be cross about that and I would tell him off. I would let him know that if he pulled a stunt like that again in front of his friends I would give him something to be embarrassed about grin

I am really happy to ferry my DC's about but expect them to be very grateful IYSWIM. My DD once kept me waiting in the car and I told her off in front of her pals much to all of their surprise. coz I am usually lovely She has never ever kept me waiting since.

YellowandGreenandRedandBlue Fri 22-Mar-13 16:44:06

Rude. Next time he asks for a lift, look at him, then turn and walk away.

I'd have shamed him there though.

pictish Fri 22-Mar-13 16:44:50

Yanbu - it is certainly the type of thing that teens do, but it's also fucking rude, and a good opportunity for him to learn a lesson in manners and maturity.

I would not tolerate being dismissed so coldly.

claraschu Fri 22-Mar-13 16:45:20

I was rude in a similar way to my mother when I was 13, only to have my cool friends (whom I was desperate to impress) reproach me for being horrible to her. Now THAT'S embarrassing!

honeymoonperiod Fri 22-Mar-13 16:45:47

Aww thanks all - you've put a grin back on my face with your suggestions for getting my own back - sooo tempting! I do understand about the embarrassment and I have learnt not to intrude when he's with his mates but there's a limit to the thickness of my skin.

Just went up to talk to him - fast asleep! Bloody teens...

claraschu Fri 22-Mar-13 16:46:05

It taught me a lesson which I never forgot.

ihatethecold Fri 22-Mar-13 16:46:11

I think it's really rude. I would not be impressed if my DS did this.

Hope he makes you lots of cups of tea to try make it up to you brew

itshothere Fri 22-Mar-13 16:47:17

Yanbu but don't be upset. I'm not saying it's right or acceptable but it's typical teenage behaviour. It's not about manners and respecting you, I'm sure you've done a good job. It's hormones and peers. My DS has has behaved 'badly' once or twice in front of his mates. When I talked to him about it (in private) he really was quite ashamed. Talk to him later but don't take it to heart.

popcornpaws Fri 22-Mar-13 16:48:21

I think it sounds like an average 13yr old boys behaviour in front of his pals, I wouldn't give it another thought, it's only rain and he probably just didn't want to look like a wimp by getting a lift home so he didn't get wet!

AgentZigzag Fri 22-Mar-13 16:50:50

I know strictly speaking it was rude, but it can be difficult to keep it together with DC of your own age at 13.

It's OK to say he shouldn't care what his friends say and they're not worth knowing if they're going to be shitty about it etc, but for most children even the gentlest ribbing can be built up into huge proportions.

It's that horrible cringing stomach churning situation I remember well, and it probably happened so fast for the OPs DS that he didn't know what he should do for the best.

You're his mum OP, you must know he loves you beyond anything else and that your relationship has a bit of leeway for young teenage angst.

honeymoonperiod Fri 22-Mar-13 16:52:03

So what do you think - should I punish him with no laptop for today or just get an apology and leave it there?

AgentZigzag Fri 22-Mar-13 16:52:49

'Just went up to talk to him - fast asleep!'


YouTheCat Fri 22-Mar-13 16:53:08

I'd go for the apology and make sure he knows what will happen if he does anything like it again.

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