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Re: Lifestyle change vs terrible diets by kazzzz on 29 December 2007 6:31am
 
Yes they do. My grandfather was like a skeleton when he died of lung cancer.
 
Re: Lifestyle change vs terrible diets by Spursfan on 29 December 2007 1:07pm
 
I am so cross at the mo'!!

We have our 15 year old grandson to stay for the weekend, and he has said that he has to 'babysit' his 7-year old half brother when his Dad and Step mum go out every week.

And do you know what his Dad 'pays' him for this?

Half an ounce of tobacco!!!

I am fuming because

a) It's encouraging a minor to smoke (I don't think you should encourage ANYONE to smoke)

b) It's illegal

c) It's mean!!! Costs about £2.50. If he had a babysitter it would probably cost a tenner at least.

Any views?
 
Re: Lifestyle change vs terrible diets by johnnythemonkey on 29 December 2007 3:09pm
 
Yes I think he's sooo mean.....he should buy him at least an ounce AND a six-pack of lager.
 
Re: Lifestyle change vs terrible diets by Spursfan on 29 December 2007 4:20pm
 
Lol - but not really helpful!

 
Re: Lifestyle change vs terrible diets by tucsonmike on 29 December 2007 8:58pm
 
Lifestyle change and discipline LOL!. Use control issues to control you weight instead...
 
Re: Lifestyle change vs terrible diets by Spursfan on 29 December 2007 9:04pm
 
Last night he asked if he could go outside to have a fag. What could I say? I told him I wasn't happy (not being one to hold my punches!)- he said he couldn't help it (at 15!!).
 
Re: Lifestyle change vs terrible diets by mrsthing on 30 December 2007 3:45am
 
When he's at your house, you get to make the rules. If he or his dad don't like it, too bad. You don't have to make hard feelings, just assert yourself--it's your house, after all.

You could try telling your grandson that his father is a) cheating him out of at least 7.5 pounds, and b) sending him to an early grave.
 
Re: Lifestyle change vs terrible diets by sighthound on 30 December 2007 4:47am
 
Sh*t! Bad, bad, bad! Sounds like he is addicted already. Do whatever you can, Anne, to convince your grandson and his parents that money, not tobacco is what he should be paid with.

I hate all the nanny state laws that want to regulate private behavior but I do support the anti-smoking regs since I have suffered all my life from diminished lung function because I grew up in a household with a chain-smoker. If an adult wants to indulge in a vice, what the hell, let them as long as it doesn't affect other people but smoking affects everyone around. (cough, cough)
 
Re: Lifestyle change vs terrible diets by kazzzz on 30 December 2007 5:35am
 
That is absolutely vile. I'd be ringing child services.
 
Re: Lifestyle change vs terrible diets by Spursfan on 30 December 2007 11:03am
 
His father is no role model, believe me!!

He was a drunken violent husband to our daughter and there is no love lost between us believe me (though he tries to 'creep' round me).

After their divorce when the kids were little the court gave residency to him (what a joke) and he moved them to Brighton. A year later we were contacted by Social Services there (we had had the kids to stay a couple of times) because they had taken them away from their Dad. No less than THREE times in that year he had set fire to their house whilst drunk, accidentally, and this time the kids were in hospital with smoke inhallation. We were granted joint residency with our daughter. The kids were about 5 and 4 at the time.

[I am not saying he has ever been actually violent to his children.]

We have been in touch with Social Services in the city his Dad now lives, Kazzzz - not necessarily about the smoking but to ask them to keep an eye on our grandson (and his sister when she was living there).

We had them living with us for 4 or 5 years; since they moved to live with Dad a year ago she has moved in with a boyfriend and become pregnant and Simon is hooked on fags (she is too I think). Great.

(We have told him that, mrsthing - he says that once when he wanted to go out he asked his Dad for a tenner instead and reluctantly his Dad gave him it.)




 
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