SUPERMUM: How do kids go from silly crazy to criminal crazy?

Comment: THESE past few weeks I have heard of so many incidents of kids doing crazy things.

Silly crazy and criminal crazy.

Reports of kids riding their bikes up and down escalators at a Rockhampton shopping centre.

Photos on Facebook doing the rounds of youths standing on the railing of a lookout area in Emu Park also caused concern.

Teens from age 14 to 16 have been charged following a number of break-ins around Yeppoon.

There was even a 17-year-old who pleaded guilty to medium-range drink driving while on his P plates; technically he shouldn't have even been drinking, let alone driving.

Go no further than YouTube or Instagram to see kids up to no good all over the world.

How do kids go from the silly crazy to criminal crazy?

Sometimes it is by accident, sometimes innocence, but sometimes there is no explanation.

The two teen boys in my household, as a general rule, need minimal supervision… but there have been some of those "what the" times.

Like on the weekend where they were busy in the backyard.

Throwing the ball around; no worries.

Hammering and banging; my Supermum senses were semi-alerted.

The smell of smoke; they had my full attention.

They were just having a fire, they explained, as I looked at their circle of bricks filled with sticks with flames leaping and smoke billowing to the sky.

If it was a campfire out in the bush it would have been fine.

Our suburban backyard was a different story.

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With a shed nearby containing mowers and a motorbike, not to mention an even closer trailer full of green waste just waiting to catch an ember or two, I was anxious for them to put their fire out... and fast.

My request was initially ignored…. until the sirens could be heard.

My comment that the fire truck better not be coming here did get a swift bucket of water reaction.

The siren wasn't for us, for which I am grateful, but it did make me think of those parents where sirens did arrive at their door.

I pray my kids antics stay on the silly side.



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