As Canadians, I’ve always been told that we are much less litigious than our neighbours to the south, which means we don’t use the expression, “I’ll sue you” all that often.
To be honest, I think we are more likely as a society to apologize, take responsibility for the situation and then come to a common resolution than to add fuel to a situation, find a lawyer and haul everyone off to court.
So, as parents, it’s not all that common to hear any conversation including the words, “sue” or “sued” or “suing” or even the expression “suing their asses off”. (I’m not sure if that’s a real expression but if I were suing someone, I’d want them to know that I was going to sue their ass off!”
Yet I swear I heard my kids trying to figure out if they combined their allowances, if they had enough money to hire a lawyer…
Should I now put down some retainer funds on a lawyer? I would if I knew that they were going to sue for, if it was even us, and where their grievances lie… Not enough treats? Maybe they don’t like our “no electronics on school nights” rule, or maybe they want to stay up later than 7, 8 and 9 respectively.
Or maybe we just need to stop giving them allowance, or give them opportunity to buy more things with their money.
Got to love parenting!