Sam: I need a job!
Bryan: Yes, you do. How's the search going?
Sam: The outlet stores only hire 18 and over.
Bryan: All of them?
Sam: I checked around, and they all said 18.
Bryan (ignores the fact that there are 40 stores, and she probably checked two): Well, restaurants regularly hire under 18.
Sam: No, they don't.
Bryan: Yes, they do. Also grocery stores. Have you applied at both QFC and Safeway?
Sam: Yes, they never called me back.
Bryan: Well, we'll need to follow up then.
Sam (scornfully): That's not how it works. If they don't call you, you don't get the job. People don't hire you just because you call them back!
So, do *your* teenagers argue with you about things of which they know absolutely nothing?
Why is it that my daughter would give more weight to something she read on a gum wrapper than to something I tell her?
Why do our kids look at the person who has cared for them their entire lives, knows them intimately, loves them more than anyone else on the planet, and would die to save their life, and assume that this person is trying to thwart their progress and mislead them with false information?