Getting the silent treatment

You know sometimes I cause trouble just by being the mom.  I don’t know exactly what I did tonight but something happened to cause a lot of tears. 

Lots of tears but very few words – at least not to me!  She has been on the phone for hours but to me – well lets just say pulling teeth is a whole lot easier than getting her to talk – even wisdom teeth!

I don’t even know how I caused this particular incident – it seems to have begun before I even got home from work.  I just walked in to a kid visibly upset, asked what was wrong and got tears.  And the cold shoulder.  And the silent treatment.

So when I told her “no” she could not stay out past 11 tonight I shouldn’t have been surprised when I went from being a horrible mom to being the worlds most horrible mom.  Oh the joys of parenthood.

I think she liked it that I offered to drive her to Saskatoon anyways so she could go to her track meet Saturday – even if I am horrible.  Maybe the trip will be long enough so she will talk.  We can have really good days and then days like today. 

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  1. Toni

    Oh the joys of parenthood 😉

    I never fail to be amazed at how fast they can bounce back though. I don’t know if this is another area in which men are different from women, but the ‘silent treatment’ is quite common in our household too. I have a kind of ‘internal understanding’ that things that the kids do or say which are meant to be hurtful etc don’t have any significance – they don’t actually mean them on average, only at the time.

    I confess to having reacted very badly once or twice though, when our daughter has been extremely rude to Chris. There seems to be something between mother and daughter that lets all the arrows get through. Seeing my wife’s pain was highly unpleasant, and it took everything I had not Sarah badly. I guess one advantage of her precociousness is that at 14 she is becoming a young woman, rather than a spiteful girl. Much more open to reasoning.

    Keep hanging in there, Linea.

  2. Linea

    Thanks Toni

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