Problem number 1: Sofia would like to have a friend come over to play and my response is no.
- "Mommy, can I call Chiara?"
- "Jordan has a friend over and I don't."
- "I finished all my homework."
- "Don't you love your daughter?"
- "You had a friend come over today, Mommy."
- "If I have a friend over then you can do your work in peace."
Ok, Sofia, call Chiara.
Problem number 2: 4x7=?
- "I give up!"
I look at my daughter. She stares back at me waiting for me to give her the answer.
I say, "WHO IN YOUR LIFE HAS EVER SAID THOSE WORDS TO YOU AND MAY THEY NEVER COME OUT OF YOUR MOUTH AGAIN!?"
She continues staring.
I turn red, "YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD THOSE WORDS COME OUT OF MY MOUTH, NOR WILL YOU EVER, BECAUSE THEY ARE WORSE THAN CURSE WORDS AND GROUNDS FOR AN IMMEDIATE WASHING OUT OF THE MOUTH WITH SOAP."
She begins squirming.
I say, "Today I worked, mowed the lawn, cleaned the house, ran four loads of laundry, had friends over for both you and Jordan and go to battle every single day because I must be able to shop for cute clothes for you, and you have the nerve to say I GIVE UP!?"
So, she turns to Sonia, who had been talking to her daughter during this tirade, and asks, "Sonia, what's 4x7?"
Sonia replies, "28."
Sofia looks at me, smiles and smugly says,"I'm sorry Mommy, the answer's 28."
She is my daughter.