Reader RockyTransAm writes in about the difficulties of raising teenagers in the digital era:
Dear Lt. Pike,
My boy won’t stop texting in the car, and the wife-unit wants me to talk to him man to man, do a little bonding, try to get him to appreciate the value of life, etc. Any advice for approaching the lad in a productive way, while imparting some wisdom upon him?
As someone who has witnessed the blossoming of the digital era on a college campus, I’m all too familiar with young people and their gadgets. My suggestion would be imparting some pepper spray on him until his eyes bleed. However, it’s important to lecture him while pepper spraying him until his eyes bleed- this way every time he goes to text message while driving, he will retain what we call the “sense memory” of the last time he thought about texting while driving (I’m referring of course to when you pepper sprayed him until his eyes bled).
Best of luck,
– Lt. John Pike