My Kids Drive Me Nuts!

@girljar (287)
United States
November 6, 2007 5:12pm CST
I have a 14 year old son, and an 18 year old daughter who lives at home. Last night, I got home from work, and my son had been home for 4 hours, and hadn't done a thing! The trash was overflowing, the dishes hadn't been put away, and there were dirty dishes in the sink! I was so mad!! I swear, I'm on the verge of going on strike-again. They don't like it when I go on strike, because I only wash the dishes I dirty, I only clean what I dirtied, and I only wash my own clothes. It depends on how bad they ticked me off, as to whether or not I cook. lol My daughter had told me yesterday to tell her dad not to start watching the game (Steelers)without her, so, naturally, I expected she would be home at a reasonable hour. When I went to bed at midnight, I hadn't heard from her, and I called her 3 times, and text messaged her a couple of times, just telling her to call me and let me know she's okay. She drives about an hour away to Tampa 3 times a week for band practice. She thinks I'm 'retarded' because I worry about her. She wasn't raised in a big city, and she's a very tiny girl. Of course I worry. I went to bed, and woke up around 1 am, and she still wasn't home and hadn't called or TM'd me. I called her, she didn't answer her phone. She finally TM'd me telling me she was stuck in the middle of traffic. Do I have STUPID written on my forehead? ( I don't, by the way) She would most definitely not be stuck in traffic at 1 am on a Monday night! When I woke up around 2, she was home in bed. The little brat didn't even bother to let me know when she got home. OMG!! She drives me crazy!! She drives our vehicle, and I told her if she does it again, she's gonna learn how public transportation works real quick. And she'd have to quit band. Okay, I vented. Thanks for reading. :)
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4 responses
• United States
7 Nov 07
I think that your daughter does what she does because you allow it without punishment, as far as your son with the dishes. Go on stike thats a great idea. Stand up dont let them get the best of your the mama!!!!!!!!! Stay strong...Work them hard!
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@ersmommy1 (12608)
• United States
6 Nov 07
As my daughter is only four I can only respond to part of your vent. I really do think it's a male thing for some households, I do dishes laundry and most of the most of the time the majority of the chores. Hang in there though. My husband has really begun to appreciate my contribution and is helping out. By the way he is a pretty decent cook. He also watches our daughter while I work. In thinking about your daughter situation, did you wake her up and let her have it, because if I had done that to my mom there would be no car phone or band until I had met her version of ammends, and I would have been awakend to hear about it. As you know we dont stay teens forever. And I learned long ago to appreciate my mothers contribution to my life, I've told her so, and one day I bet they will too.
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@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
9 Nov 07
I won't mind if the son has not washed the dishes. But if I were in your place, I would make strict rules for the home. I would like to see all children back at home before 10 Pm. I won't allow or permit children to be out of home beyond that. If they disobey, I would stop paying them for all their outings(paying for mobile bills and all other expenses), no matter what.
@blueunicorn (2410)
• United States
7 Nov 07
I would not threaten to take the car away, I would just do it next time! Of course, my kids are only 5 and 6 years old so I don't know that I would actually be able to do that. But it sounds good! LOL I like your strike idea. I'll have to remember that as my kids get older.