There’s an interesting little aspect of parenting that no one tells you about. Your kids may love you, but it doesn’t mean they have to like you. Especially when you are in “mean mom” mode — telling them not do something that they want to do or making them eat their vegetables or coming up with some other ridiculous “mom” rule that is completely unfair in the oh-so-silly interest of keeping them safe and healthy.
You know what we mean. One chilly morning last week (34 degrees fahrenheit), Amanda’s 11-year-old son stormed off to the school bus stop in a huff because she made him put on his coat. The horror! What’s next? A hat? Some gloves?
And that’s not all! Here are some more seemingly-obvious little rules that we’ve actually found ourselves uttering and, according to our kids, make us the meanest moms that ever lived. (Please save your phone calls to the authorities until you have reached the end of the list.)
- No bare feet on the dinner table. (No feet on the table period.)
- No using your little brother as a ball.
- Your test is a week away? Great! Start studying now.
- Jell-O is not a fruit.
- Yes, you have to take a shower every day.
- The ceiling fan is not the same as the monkey bars and should not be treated as such.
- Please stop jumping on the trampoline, um, I mean couch.
- The dog is not a horse.
- No more slap shots with the hockey puck down the hallway.
- You’re nine now, it’s time to use a fork.
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