A DMK Production
Your son, Devin, turned thirteen a couple of months ago. Since then, and a few months before, Devin has been increasingly testing limits and has developed quite the 'tude over even the most simple requests. You find Devin is much more willing to be defiant and outright disobedient since he crossed in to the teen years. You and your spouse try to be understanding knowing that a lot of this can be attributed to puberty and you have tried sitting Devin down and talking to him. Despite that, Devin has been on the receiving end of more spankings than is typical for him. You and your spouse often feel that you are at your wits end but you know that this too will pass.
This morning things seem to be going per routine. Your spouse has left for work and you are getting ready while Devin is supposed to be getting ready for school. You are ready to leave and expect to find Devin in the kitchen wolfing down a bowl of cereal but he isn't there. You go up to his room to check on him and see:
Devin is not close to being ready and time is running short. You tell your son that he needs to hurry so he won't be late to school and you won't be late for work as you drop Devin at school on your way to the office.
Devin responds, "I'm not going to school."
You ask if he is sick or if there is some other good reason that he needs to stay at home. Devin responds that he is fine but he just doesn't want to go today. You tell Devin that staying home for no legitimate reason is not an option and to hurry and get ready. The argument ensues of "I'm not going" and "Yes, you are." That is having no result and Devin is standing firm. Time is really running short and you are sure you both are going to be late by now. You make one more attempt and harshly tell Devin to get ready now.
Devin looks at you and says, "I told you I'm not going and you can't make me."