Why can’t kids act like they’re supposed to act? Playing outside, listening to music, dancing and making noise in their rooms. Kids usually want to watch too much television, eat everything in the refrigerator and cabinets, and complain either when they’re bored, or when you give them something to do.
My daughter wants all those things, to eat when and as much as she wants, to watch continuous television, even if it is reruns of her favorite Disney Channel shows, and to complain when she doesn’t get her way, or when she’s bored, but she also wants to be a grown up. Then again, all kids want to be grown ups, because they think grown up don’t have rules to follow, not like they do.
We have rules. There are things going on in my life right now that I think are very unfair, but I don’t complain about them because I’ve learned growing up, it doesn’t do any good. Kids complain all the time. They don’t think they do, but then again, we didn’t when we were their age either, and our parents begged to differ.
My daughter hates to be rushed, but she wants to rush everyone else. I especially hate to be rushed, and she knows this. Don’t rush your mother. Right?
Wrong. We had some business to take care of first thing this morning which meant class connect would have to wait and she’d take the second class connect option this afternoon instead. Okay, no problem. I told her last night I’d wake her up in the morning as usual for breakfast. What she heard is we’re leaving the house around eight in the morning. So, what does she do? She comes to my bedroom door this morning, at not quite seven to find out what time I’m waking her up. I had just came back from the kitchen and making my morning coffee.
When I told her to go back to bed, she tried reminding me what time we had to leave, and I kindly reminded her that I knew exactly what time it was, and to let me be the mom. I could hear the annoyance in her voice when she crawled back into bed, but I allowed it to go in one ear and out the other. We have to do that sometimes, but our kids do it to us all the time.
I’m constantly reminding her to be a kid. Be a kid! Be a kid! Be a kid! Be a kid, because before you know it, you’re all grown up, dealing with a job, providing for a family, and paying your bills.
Unless I ask for a favor, please, go be a kid.