The beauty of being a mom is the power you hold over your kids. Yes, the power to say yes or no to them when they ask for permission, say, to go out. Sometimes, you just have to throw back at your kids for throwing life's stress at you. I decided to give my son a hard time because he's at the age where he starts to become interested in girls and poke fun at his parents. He had asked days ago if he could go out and I said yes. On the morning when he was getting ready to go out, I pretended to not know and asked him what was he getting for. He said to "go out". I then asked him on whom's approval. He turned and gave me this "you must be kidding look". He replied, "You said I can go out." I tried to maintain a serious look and told him I didn't recall the conversation. The poor boy almost freaked out and told me when he asked me, what I was doing when he asked me, and my response. I repeated myself and said, "Nope, not going out today." I got a loud, "MOM!" and "Omigod! You said I can!". To annoy him more, I told him to stop calling me God because I'm not God. He stopped fixing his hair and looked at me. "You're not going out today", I repeated myself. Poor kid looked desperate. He's such an obedient child, gotta love that. He asked for the reason and I said because his math grade was not good enough. He laughed and knew I was messing with him. He said he'll try to get higher than an A+ in which I told him if I don't see an A++ on his next report card, don't bother to ask for lunch money or going out money.