More than once this past week I have asked myself this question. Why is my kid such a punk?
No really, she is. She’s behaved in a way that I would expect from a two-year old. Only with better language skills. I’ve truly been trying to stay calm and respectful and not lower myself to her level by responding in an immature way, but I have to admit that I have flipped her the bird behind her back more than once. I don’t like to do it, but sometime it’s really the only appropriate response.
I’ve read all the parenting books (there are a lot) and followed their instructions so I wonder how this could have happened. We’re a pretty normal family. No major issues or problems. And I’m not a mean parent. Although, I’m pretty sure she thinks I am. Usually after I’ve said something like.
“No. For the tenth time, we can’t go to the park because I’m tired and it’s cold. End of discussion.”
That’s not really mean is it? I see it more as establishing my dominance .
When it comes to dealing with an eight year old with attitude I am not alone. Last night I had an enlightening text discussions with some very savvy moms. When asked about their girls of the same age, they all responded quickly and enthusiastically. I was a bit overwhelmed actually. Aside from the usual “I hate you” and “you’re ruining my life” I got this list of recent altercations.
- This may take me a while to rank all the bad stuff to find the worst
- “Yuk, I hate that” to literally every meal, for as long as I can remember
- She told me that I should move out
- She face washed her little sister with peanut butter and jelly toast then proceeded to tell me it was an “accident”. I hid under the stairs
- Every day about the damn crop tops. No, it’s not appropriate
- She yelled at me “You’re just a little piece of poop”. I’m assuming she wanted to say shit but knew that she wasn’t allowed to swear
- She told her little brother that everybody in the family had super powers except him
- She said “I’m not trying to be rude.” Holy crap can you imagine what it would be like if she was TRYING to be rude
One mom described them as “a bunch of cheeky little shits who are testing the boundaries”. Yup, she hit the nail on the head.
So what to do with these little punks that won’t be moving out for another ten to twelve years? Someone suggested an air horn.
“Every time they start their crap we just blow it in their ear.”
That got a lot of support. Others suggested a good supply of wine and tequila and regularly scheduled girl’s weekends in Whistler. Lots of support for that one too. Waiting it out was brought up, but wasn’t well received.
After an hour or so of laughter and commiserating I realized that what we had just done was really the only solution. We had vented our frustrations and come to the conclusion that we are all in the same boat. Doing our damnedest and trying not to kill them.
At the end of the day they are good kids and we are good parents. So next time your kids being a punk….grab a glass of wine and call a friend. It’s The Best Thing in Life.