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Old Mar 07, 2005, 07:47 PM
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ughh... parents

am i the only kid around here who's parents DONT support our hobby?

feels like everyone i see around here shares the time spent flying at the field with parents who care.

my parents told me they didnt like my plane and this hobby and want me to sell it all and give it up.

anybody else have parents like this?
how do i convince them that flying is ok?
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Old Mar 07, 2005, 07:50 PM
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My parents used to be like that..they kept threatening to throw my stuff out. Eventually they realized how much flying means to me, and now they fully support it..

Heck, now they even let me reguarly drive out to fly-ins that are held 40+ miles away with no questions asked..

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Old Mar 07, 2005, 08:01 PM
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Get them to give you something RC realated for your birthday. Then try to get them to help you learn to fly it. My dad gave me a zagi for my birthday and now he has one and fully supports me. I still have to buy most of my own stuff though. My mom doesn't care about my hobby as long as I get all my school done.
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Old Mar 07, 2005, 08:10 PM
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Wonder if you could influence them by pointing out the math, science and physics involved with powered and non-powered flight. Hang in there! Hope you can turn them around. It's kind of funny how things work out. I'm here because my 8 yr old wanted a parkflyer and now I'm into sailplanes. David
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Old Mar 07, 2005, 08:13 PM
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tried that already. they told me id already learned everything there was to learn about planes and that its all a pointless waste of time.
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Old Mar 07, 2005, 08:16 PM
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Well my mom is not to fond, she wants me to start saving for my car. ( ok it won't hurt) My dad is just pround because I make all the money my self. (I cut grass lots of grass) I know of a few people on here that their parents like this hobby so much that they will buy their kids a 4,000 plane (less gear), built it, then when it is shot down do nothing about it. But anyhow, my parents know that i love this hobby so much that the first thing i get grounded from is my planes!! not TV or internet (thank god for RCgroups.)
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Old Mar 07, 2005, 08:16 PM
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snowball1288,

What are your parents' stated objections to your hobby? For example, is it that it distracts you from schoolwork, or that it costs too much money?

- Chung
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Old Mar 07, 2005, 08:23 PM
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Oh wow, pointless waste of time..

It's something you enjoy though..

tell them it's planes or drugs..

at least planes give you a high that wont get you arrested

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Old Mar 07, 2005, 08:24 PM
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Hmmmm, RC can get expensive but if you kept spending within reason or maybe earned the RC money yourself I could not really understand the problem. Young people need activities to involve themselves in and it's so much the better if they really enjoy the activity. With so much negative activity and behavior going on these days I would be happy if my child was into RC. Good Luck, David
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Old Mar 07, 2005, 08:26 PM
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dont worry...im 18 and my mom still says that it is a waste of money, and everytime i talk about getting another plane, she says she cant believe i spend my money on that stuff...just tell them that at least your not spending your money on drugs, and it is something that makes you happy, so it should make them happy...
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Old Mar 07, 2005, 08:27 PM
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Tell them it is educational. It is. Tell them you want to become an aeronautical engineer and a pilot, I did.

I also became both.

If you have an interest in aviation, this is your starting point. The hobby lasts too. I am still at it 50 years later.
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Old Mar 07, 2005, 08:28 PM
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yea thats probably a good place to start when looking for solutions... the problem

ok well it costs a lot.... but i dont think they mind that because ive never spent more than i earned from my neighbor, never borrow money, have finacial problems etc. They just "dissaprove" of how i dedicate all my money to planes.

i spend a few hours a week at the field flying. I dont think they like me to be away from home.

my mom calls it an "obsession". of course, she said the same thing to my dad when he started running a lot... now he runs marathons.

"obsession"- not really.... just dedication.

they want me to concentrate on my schoolwork (of course) and i usually get all A's. i dont know what more i could give them. Ive told them i want to work in some science / engeneering field.

I used to build small electronic toys from plans online.... it gave me some soldering practice and i built some cool stuff, like a motion detector and a Radio transmitter that i can hook up to my mp3 player. After a while they didnt like that either.

i dont know... anything i spend time on, they refuse to acknowledge as a decent way to spend my time. After a while they always argue that ive exhausted the possiblities and its time to move on.
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Old Mar 07, 2005, 08:33 PM
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What would they rather have you do with your spare time? You need to find a way to show them that the majority, and I mean a very large percentage, of the people involved in this hobby are honest hard working folks, with good values. I rarely ever meet anyone involved in this hobby that I dont like. For some reason, people with evil intent are just not drawn to this endeavor. I think it is because they lack conviction, they tend to be people looking for the easy way to do anything, and that includes entertaining themselves. This hobby, like learning a musical instrument, takes practice, devotion, and a thirst for learning. All admiriable traits in a person. I know these things, as I lived on the dark side of life for the first few years of my adult life, after a troubled adolecence. I think if I had found something like this hobby back then, I think a lot of that could have been different.

I hope you folk's will see the light before you give up, that would just be sad....

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Old Mar 07, 2005, 08:34 PM
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btw i appreciate all the quick responces... makes me feel a lot better.

i just came back from my old elementary school. I was showing my neighbor, who is about 40, my plane and flying it around.

he said that my parents must be proud of me, for all the work ive put into it, and learning how to fly so well.

i almost started crying.
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Old Mar 07, 2005, 08:34 PM
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I'm 18 and went through the whole thing but with the R/C cars and racing. I also accidentally almost burned down my house because of a aerasol (sp?) cleaner.

Btw if your parents are complaining about this being expensive, try racing 1/8 buggies hardcore for a season........ hahaha
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