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My Kid Told Me, So It Must Be True!

you never explain

Parents often mistake other feelings for love. Sometimes love really means “blind allegiance without regard to truth.” Who thinks it sage advice to trust a teenager? Teenagers are subject to the whims of their capricious fancies, their surging hormones, and the affection of their peers. Parents should follow the advice of the late Ronald Regan to “Trust, but verify.” Teens are good at eluding truth, whether explaining why they are late for curfew, describing how the four-foot long dent probably occurred on the passenger’s side door, telling the police how drugs somehow ended up in their cars, or detailing how they got the same exact wrong answer as their friend — even down to the same misspellings — without cheating.


About celinatinsley

Ms. Tinsley is a high school English teacher, who has been in the classroom for 15 years. Give or take one or two. She lost count. She also hasn't been in the same classroom for that long. She leaves occasionally to go home and sleep so she can dream about a job where she earns respect. She loves her students but not in a creepy way. And when I say "love," I mean "likes enough to go to work most days." Although she did call in sick today. And it felt good. And she might do it again tomorrow. But otherwise, most days are pretty good. Rather, not that bad. Well, mostly worth living. She has published a book entitled, "Teachers Talk Smack," available through She has garnered much critical praise with this original work full of charming illustrations and humorous anecdotes about the joys of teaching. Well, she has garnered one review from her best friend at work on And the book really is the opposite of the joys of teaching. She is currently working on her second book about teaching. By "working," I mean roughly brainstorming in her head.

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