Professional Women · Working Mother

Mad Children

Let’s see… How have I made my children mad today?

I woke them up too early… or too late… or too happy… or too brightly…

Breakfast was cold… or hot… or the wrong thing… or he ate too much… or she ate the one I wanted…

Their clothes are too loose… too tight… the seam is the sock is rubbing wrong… their favorite didn’t get washed… there are “no clothes” to wear…

There is a concert tonight but I didn’t buy a new outfit (for the concert I didn’t know about until 3 days ago because the flyers was in the bottom of the backpack and the new outfit she needed as of 8am this morning)…

He touched her… she pushed him… he said something… she yelled… he threw his shoe… she kicked him… and I’m “not doing anything about it.”

I “forgot” to sign a permission slip (that I didn’t know about) that is due today… or fill out that form… or send 10 paper towel tubes…

I bought the wrong shirt because it was in style last week but now all of her friends said it was stupid….

I couldn’t remember whose turn it was to get the bathroom first and guessed “wrong” this time…

The music I played to make everyone happy and get them dancing was AWFUL… or too slow… or too quiet… or just not cool…

I won’t let my children watch videos on their devices… or the computer… or the TV… or at least the “right” movies…

Everyone else in the world is allowed to have a cell phone but I won’t let them get one yet… or maybe ever…

I didn’t bring their backpack in from the van so it’s “my fault” they can’t find it now… or their soccer bag… or their baseball cleats… or their school project… or that permission slip that suddenly showed up…

I wasn’t able to sense that my child volunteered to bring the class pet home for the weekend and didn’t cover the shock I felt when I received the email to pick up the pet that afternoon…

I am the meanest mom in the world because I hooked up a device to the router that controls their access to the internet… so I have ruined their life… forever…

I’m not like all the other moms who drive their kids to school every day and “nobody else” has to walk to school… or home…

Wait… what’s that? Silence!

The kids left to walk to school and I have 6.5 hours of silence before it starts all over again.

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