Wednesday, March 12, 2008

please let this be prepayment

My darling, darling 7-year old daughter who I love so so deeply has been in a place of constant sorrow when it comes to homework lately. Wailing, whining, groaning, buckets of tears, throwing the head back. On Monday, it was because I had suggested she try something a bit more challenging for her week’s assignment - BUT I DON'T WANT TO READ A CHAPTER BOOK! I'D RATHER READ A PICTURE BOOK! WHY DO I HAVE TO READ A CHAPTER BOOOOOOOOOOK?!? Ear-shattering shrieks, in the car, mind you. And the despair lasted all the way home, into the dining room, and ultimately up to her bedroom where we sent her to decompress before dinner. Note, please, I did not say she had to do anything; my last words, repeated robotically so I didn't become a screeching harpy mom, were "It is your choice." I swear on a stack of fricking picture books.

Tonight the trauma is that if she does the Wednesday assignment of "Retelling" the chapter (oh martyrdom) that she just read, she will have to do it again at school because she is reading the same book there. WAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, MOOOOOMMMMMMM, IT'S TOOOO HARRRRRRRRRRRD!

But wait now. Silence. I glance surreptitiously toward the table. There is a calm girl, writing writing, breathing normally, no sobbing. And then – “I’m going to call my friend to invite her to church on Sunday.” Wary Mom with bright happy voice: “Sooo. All finished with homework then?” “The Retelling? Uh, yeah.” There is a tinge of ‘Duh, why wouldn’t I be?’ in the tone.

Please, dear God, please let the teen years be a breeze of goodness & light. I don’t think I can handle the rollercoaster of sullenness to cheerfulness to fury to joyful joy for an entire decade. And be sane.

12 comments:

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Surely you jest. I've been riding this rollercoaster with Social Butterfly since she threw a tantrum at 9 months because I put white sneakers on her when she wanted the hot pink ones. (You think I'm exaggerating; I'm not).

dkuroiwa said...

homework is a 'hot topic' this week...my 10-year-old is in 'homework hell' since he wasn't honest about the amount that he actually had to do. Got a call from his teacher the other day and he is missing 20 pages of math!!!! My first thoughts were, "he will never make it to puberty!!!" After the threat of never using his Nintendo DS EVER again, he finished all pages in about 2 hours.....WTF?!?! Wouldn't it have been easier to bypass all that yelling and crying and screaming (from his mother!!
:-) and just do the homework?!?!
Sorry...vented a bit there...nice to know I'm not the only one dealing with stuff like this.
Margaritta anyone?!?!

stephanie said...

Jenn: Say it ain't so! Double argh.

Dkuroiwa: Vent away, no worries. And yes, please, to margaritas.

Tootsie Farklepants said...

Maybe she'll get it all out of her system now? Have a margarita just in case.

Cheri said...

Buckle your seat belt. Keep your arms and hands inside the car. Secure your belongings. Do not exit until the car comes to a complete stop. Enjoy the ride!

;-)

a. beaverhausen said...

Those pre-teen mood turn on a dime, I tell ya! You just never know what to expect.

Lisa Milton said...

Oh, the girls - they torture.

We are back to the hair drama again. She's been growing it out, pointing out several times a day, for several months, that it IS in fact getting longer.

Now? She urgently needs a haircut.

I give up.

I'm up for drinks.

The Doggy Did It said...

Girl there is not enough wine in France. Please lord let this baby be another boy, I dunno if I can deal with all the theatrics.

Melanie said...

Oh, the drama.

You have my deepest condolences.

Stacie said...

omgoodness, I have a 7 year old that acts the same way. This is my house on shower night, homework time and just for the heck of it.

Bad Dad said...

That girl of ours makes me shake my head. Maybe she is trying to keep up with The Boy in being able to fly off the handle.

-stu

~michelle said...

ha ha ha!! just like me! too funny!! likely it will get worse... sorry, but think of me with mom!

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