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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Mom's Statement Backfires

We parents do our best to raise our children with decency and respect. Sooner or later we come face-to-face with attitudes, which we must confront before they escalate.

I had this discussion with Kaleb one day after school when his demeanor was not appropriate. He had asked to get on the computer to play a game on I replied, "Not right now, Kaleb. First, you need to do your homework, and then you can play." He immediately became focused on not getting his way. He proceeded to tell me, "I'll get on the computer whenever I want to!"

I reprimanded his actions and told him that he could play his computer game after spending some time in his room, thinking about his attitude. A few minutes had passed, and he emerged from his room, apologizing for his attitude. The rest of the evening, he was the prodigal son.

Now, my children and I have a very close relationship. They know they can talk to me about anything without fear of judgment. We joke around with each other on a daily basis, and practically thrive on sarcasm. My older boys know when they have crossed the line, but I'm still establishing this boundary with the twins.

Upon waking each morning, I like to sit down in front of the computer sipping my java slowly, savoring each distinct flavor, while reading the news online. This morning "Mommy time" is my own way of staying connected with the world before motherly duties commence.

All of my boys know not to "mess with" Mom before her first cup of coffee. Most mornings go without a hitch because they sleep until I wake them . . . once the caffeine begins coursing through my veins. This next morning, however, was different.

As I was making my daily pilgrimage toward the coffee pot, I discovered that Kaleb was already awake and taking over my routine. He had stolen my morning spot in front of the laptop, and was playing his game right inside my morning sanctuary.

As I stumbled through the living room and into the kitchen, I told him, "Kaleb . . . save your game. As soon as I make my coffee, I'm coming in there to get on the computer."

Without batting an eye, Kaleb replied, "Not with THAT attitude, you're not!" I sharply looked over at him, appalled by his "attitude," only to discover this humorous, sarcastic expression on his face. He immediately burst into a gut-filled laughter stating, "I'm just kidding you, Mom!" It was then that I realized that sarcasm gene had definitely been passed down to him.


Patricia April 3, 2009 at 10:42 PM  

okay, I really like this mommy time thing in the morning. Only I wouldn't read the news, I'd read blogs and/or blog myself. Catch is... I'd have to get up earlier than the monkeys. I just knew there had to be a catch!

Mom's Fortress of Solitude April 3, 2009 at 11:34 PM  

There's always a catch when it comes to Mommy Time - early rising is just one of the many and, often times still doesn't work. ;o)

I like reading blogs or blogging, too, if the rugrats stay asleep long enough (ha! fat chance!). lol

jana April 15, 2009 at 11:43 AM  

That's a sweet story; I hope to instill a sense of humor and fun in my children as well; they are smaller, but with all of the 'why mommy?' and the repetitive requests, I sometimes answer with craziness like, 'we must eat lunch so the kangaroo garage band can come over to play' These responses help me not scream in frustration or run for the hills.

I am here via twitter and appreciate your support for the Spohr's. I do not know them directly, but my arms reach out in support, as a parent, as a friend, as a fellow traveler in this life that can sometimes be too painful to imagine.


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Angela McCoy is a freelance writer/editor, military wife and work at home mom (WAHM) to four boys with special needs. Her writing encompasses a myriad of topics -- Autism, ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder, Cystinosis, Fanconi's Syndrome, kidney transplant, and more -- influenced by her two teenagers and seven-year-old twins. She considers writing to be therapeutic and utilizes her skills to counsel and inspire her readers. Angela is a quick-witted, 'no holds barred,' tell it like it is' humorist who has learned that laughter truly is the best antidote to life's adversities.

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