Currently we are having a battle of the wills. God did not give me the gift of strong will. I'm known to be the easygoing compassionate person in the room. But God gave me girls. Two very tenacious, haughty & STUBBORN girls. One of which is under the impression that if she pushes hard enough and yells loud enough, she's going to break me and take over as the dominate female in the house. She is sadly mistaken.
Last night was one of those nights where I refused to let her get the best of me. She fights me on taking a shower EVERY.SINGLE.TIME!! Well she played in 4 volleyball matches last night. When I helped her take off her shoes and knee pads, I almost passed out. Not bathing was OUT of the question, yet she wanted to bargain and finagle with me....swearing that if I just let her go to sleep, she'd get up this morning and take a shower. Yeah right!!
We got home from volleyball at 8:30pm, ate dinner, sang happy birthday to Slou (because her cake was a day late) and then the fight was on. From 9:15-10:30 she was laying face down on her bed, whining about how tired she was or yelling about how mean I am and "why can't you just give in to me ONE time?!?!" All the while her sister is already in bed TRYING to sleep. It would've been easy for me to just give in and let her take a shower this morning or NOT, but by this point it was no longer about whether she needed to bathe or not...it was about who was in charge!!!
|This could actually be a scene from our night....|
This is where I straddled the line between standing firm and child abuse. I NEVER wanted to be that mom that screamed at her kids, I NEVER wanted to be that mom that spanked or slapped their children (GASP!). I honestly still never actually lost my temper, she just thought I did. Popping her butt no longer has any effect, screaming doesn't either, but thumping her on the forehead....that's a whole other can of beans. She wailed the whole time she was in the shower...but guess what bitches. I WON!! She was clean!! And surprisingly wanting to cuddle before she went to bed...of course blaming it on me by saying "Well I'm not tired now that you made me take a shower."
How did her morning go, you ask. SHITTY!! Exactly the same way it does every morning. Wake her up at 7am as I'm walking out to take Slou to school. Wake her up AGAIN when I get home at 7:20. And AGAIN when I get out of the shower at 7:30...answered every time with "I'm up, I'm up, I'm up" or "I know MOM. Leave me alone!!" She finally sits up and stares at herself in the mirror for 5 minutes. Then stumbling to the bathroom, then complaining about having NOTHING to wear...while I'm giving her a running count down. "I'm leaving in 15 minutes, 10 minutes, 5 minutes...I'm pulling out of the driveway in 2 minutes with or without you." "MOM, I'm coming!!!!" Someone please tell me where a shower would've fit into that equation this morning. GAH!!!
The bipolar roller coaster that a household living with teenage daughters rides, is running at full speed at our house. I hope I can keep up and not throw up in the middle of an upside down loopty loop. I've always been a firm believer of "picking your battles", but right now every one of them is important. If I don't stand my ground....they're gonna walk all over me and my authority will be zilch by the time they get to high school....where the real fun begins.
Thank you to my mom for not choking me out at the ripe old age of 13. I'm still convinced I was EASY compared to my 2 girls. We'll see if she chimes in and backs up my memories. Of one thing I'm certain, my sister is the one that should be thanking her and praying she never has a daughter to pay her back in spades.
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