Unhealthy hobbies? Picking locks, making explosives, and other wild stuff!

@ae2324 (84)
United States
December 26, 2006 10:36pm CST
My child, a teenage boy at the age of 14 has all these wierd hobbies. He enjoys picking locks with his proffesional pick set, making fireworks and small firecrackers (anything that uses fire to ignite for that matter), learning how to hotwire cars, etc. I realy like him to do what enjoys him, but i think hes getting a little carried away. What are your opinions and what seems to be the best solution?
3 responses
• United States
27 Dec 06
I dont want to sound harsh by saying this, but I think you need to have a talk with your boy unless you want to start visiting him in juvie hall. I think these hobbies are dangerous and many times the parents are the last ones to know that their kids are into more than just "hobbying" and actually using their hobbies to get themselves into big trouble. Best of luck to you and your son.
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@wilkingh (354)
• United States
27 Dec 06
true...all of this could lead to juvy...and juvy isn't fun unless u want his back to hurt!
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
27 Dec 06
As long he is doing these things and not harming anyone and he knows right from wrong, he is okay. Many boys (including my husband) go through phases like this. Normally they are harmless. What your son is doing is very harmless compared to what my husband was building at his age.
@ae2324 (84)
• United States
27 Dec 06
You know im fine with him picking our house locks, and testing different firework powders and making simple explosives as i did the same and know what will harm him and what wont, as well as precuations he should take, but some things are too crazy. I will have a small talk with him soon.
@wilkingh (354)
• United States
27 Dec 06
as a parent you should set a fine line between wrong and right...lay it down on him if he doesn't nlike it then stop buying him the stuff and punish him...because all that can lead to bad things!!!!