Is it too much to ask that my children get along with each other for one day?
Can I make it through 24-hours without hearing bickering and fighting amongst my precious offspring?
I thought the yelling and tattling would stop as my kids grew up. I thought wrong.
The oldest pesters the youngest; the sisters annoy each other; and they all aggravate me.
This one ate the last donut; that one borrowed my goggles without asking; he never walks the dogs; she never has to empty the trash; she always get the first shower; he always uses all the hot water.
And each and every argument ends with the same word: “MOM!”
Why isn’t Dad ever brought into these battles? Why does Mom always have to officiate?
I’ve tried reasoning. “You need to work it out together.”
I’ve tried ignorance. “I wasn’t there. I don’t know who left the empty box of cookies in the pantry.”
I’ve tried guilt. “Are you trying to drive me insane?”
I’ve tried dual punishment. “I don’t care who started it. You’re both in trouble.”
(I’ve even tried to hide. The dogs usually give me away!)
Nothing seems to work. The quarreling continues.
In my calmer moments, I try and remind myself that I too, fought with my siblings, yet we all survived. In fact, we are all very close. There is hope.
Unfortunately, these calm moments are few and far between, especially these days. With school winding down, tensions are rising in my household. Lack of sleep coupled with finals does not make for a stress-free environment.
Voices are rising and doors are slamming even as I write this. “I need to get in the bathroom to shower.”
“You always get to watch what you want.”
“Be quiet. I’m trying to work.” (Okay, this one was from me.)
I’m sure I’ll miss all this noise when the kids are grown and out of the house. I’m sure I’ll reminisce and think about the good old days, when the house reverberated with their voices. I’m sure of it, aren’t I?