Oh,how glad I am not in the day to day of raising kids!The previous post comments brought back some of the most ridiculous times of my kids.I could have strangled them with their own hair I got so mad at them and like my niece Jami if there was a wrong doing that I found out about there was a price to pay.Sometimes my nerves were so bad when they looked me in the face and lied I could have sent them into orbit.I realize taking the low road to Truthsville is not easy but I always told them if they were brave enough at the time to do it they should be brave enough to own up to it.And still I would get senseless and ridiculous reasons as to what happened.Here a few of my favorites…….
I am going to Sebewaing to get construction paper for a school project and while they are gone a restaurant in Bad Axe 30 miles away calls and says they left their wallet there.
What,that wasn’t mine!(insert anything illegal)
I can’t be like (anybody who isn’t in trouble at the moment)you always loved them best.
I don’t know where that came from,I never saw it in my life.
I was so tired from work that is why I was trying to crawl in the roll top desk for a nap while pretending I was shaking the French fry fryer at McDonalds.
A cat,a dog,an armadillo ran out in front of the car and so I had to take the ditch.You should be proud I saved a life.
But,Mom I love him and he is so good.
My friend bought it for me.
I’m sick with the flu.
Dad says that it is OK.
I never meant it.
I learned a hard lesson and I will never do that again,so isn’t that punishment enough.
You never believe me.
So and So’s parents don’t care if we do that.
Can you think of anything else to add? I could have wrote a novella with this subject having had four teenagers under my belt.I know they thought they were always pulling one over on me and maybe sometimes they did,but not very often and as much as it killed their dad and me we always made them be responsible for their actions.We didn’t care what other people thought or said we just knew it was the right thing to do.I am so glad we did even though at the time it was soo hard and I could have hung them up by their toenails.I hope they all feel like that now too.
Now kids a few words of advice if you have kids of your own or nieces and nephews that you love.It tickles me to death that you are walking the very same walk that your mother and I have.Enjoy,relax,and breathe.What you say you can’t because one of the kids hate you for a well deserved punishment? Remember those feelings a short time ago were directed at your very own mother,so you know they will get over it.
Grandmas here is a little tidbit for you,your grandkids are going to need you now more than ever.They think we are from the olden days and have no idea we were teens at one time.Just think how smart we sound to them now even in our doddering years.They know our faith in God sustains us and we are priceless to them.Your kids are going to try to keep your grandkids on the straight and narrow because that is what we taught them.They can’t remember at this moment in time we have seen it all,done it all,and lived through it all.
We are family no matter what and kids don’t come with a no return policy.They are our future.I for one am glad of that.The only thing I wish is that each one of the kids get to raise a kid like they were be it good or bad.It makes you grow and you realize you can do anything.Oh my stars, I am woman hear me roar.I am mother hear me correct and I am grandma feel me love.Those songs from yester year come in handy.Can you hear Aretha singing R-E-S-P-E-C-T?It is a hard lesson to be learned but one eventually that will never be forgotten.Your kids will thank you for it someday,even if they can’t stand you now.I know because all my kids love me and if we lived through it anybody can.