A DMK Production
You have two sons who are now both away at college. You were lucky in that your boys were well behaved and had a good reputation as decent and trustworthy kids. Perhaps it was just in their nature or perhaps it was that you had reasonable rules and there were consequences for not following the rules. Even though it wasn't required a lot you never hesitated to spank either of your sons; even well in to their teen years.
Your neighbor is a single mother and knows your sons very well. Her husband left her and her now twelve your own old son, Kalen, four years ago after an extra-marital affair. He has not been heard from since. Kalen's mother does fine financially and is trying her best to provide a good home for Kalen. She will occasionally call on you for help with things around the house. You are more than happy to help out as you are able.
You get a call from your neighbor and she asks, "Can you help me?"
You say you will try your best and ask what she needs. She asks if you will please come over and she will explain. You go next door and ring the bell and she invites you in.
She looks exasperated. You see Kalen sitting on the steps glaring at his mother.
The mother explains that Kalen is becoming harder to handle. She tells of curfew issues, chore issues, issues at school and just general acting out and disobedience. She says he will not listen to her and ignores her. She says she caught him with cigarettes two weeks ago and grounded him but he refused to follow any of the terms of being grounded. She said today's problems started when she reminded him he had agreed to mow the yard today. She said he refused and went off to visit friends and was over an hour late coming home. She said she confronted him about it all and they argued and he became defiant and was cussing at her. She said she sent him to his room but he is refusing to go and has planted himself on the steps and won't budge. At this point Kalen looks at you and says to you, "F**k off, this is none of your business."
His mother becomes very embarrassed and looks like she is going to cry. She says, "See, this is what I am talking about." Kalen continues to sit and glare.
His mother says to you, "Your boys are so respectful and well behaved so you must have done something right with them. I am at my wits end with Kalen. Please help me deal with him. Do whatever you need to do but I need help! Can you help me?"
Do you help her? If so, how?