Because there hasn't been a meltdown lately we were due for one.

Middle Boy wants an xbox.  We don't currently have one.  He is operating as though we will have one.  Today he decided to melt down about the fact that I won't allow rated "M" games in my home.  He went on and on about how he won't let Younger Boy play them.  He completely could not fathom why I would think they were inappropriate for him as well.

He kept saying "it isn't like it makes me want to kill someone".  Well...he does talk about violence nearly every day.  So much so that I have had to make a consequence if I hear him talking about violence.  He talks about killing, slicing, stabbing, you name it.  He tells me all kids who are school age are allowed to play Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty.  Apparently I am the most unreasonable person on the planet and I just need to get a grip and learn to be a parent.

He decided to tell me I suck as a parent.  I don't get it and I am not trying.  I grew up during "the day" and I how could I possibly understand what it is like for him to be mocked, because he can't play these games.  What do I want him to play?  Barney games?

He ranted all the way home.  I kept reminding him he doesn't even have an xbox so this conversation is really hypothetical and of no consequence.  Didn't matter.

About an hour later he apologized for being "unreasonable".  At this point that is sometimes all I can ask.

Praises for recognizing behaviors.  Prayers for the roller coaster to stop.
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