I have truly no idea!
And I have no idea how other parents do it.
I’m assuming that my kid is not the only one who lies and deceives, and whines for every chore he should do, as minuscule as the chore might be.
I’m assuming that other parents receive also plenty of the “roll-your-eyes-back-into-your-head” and “drag-your-feet-slowly-and-too-painfully-to-watch” kinda treatments.
I’m also assuming that other parents hear a talk-back retort for every sentence – no, for every word! – they address to their little-big angels.
when they were little and full of energy and they looked like little angels when they were asleep and we loved them so much that it almost hurt and almost broke our hearts… but only while they were asleep, because when awake they were horrid and generally in trouble?
Well, it’s the same again. My son looks so handsome and still vulnerable and sweet (don’t tell him) when he’s asleep, but what a different creature when he’s awake! The negativity, ambient laziness and belligerence practically ooze out of his pores when awake and it’s often so bad that I wonder:
what I’ve done wrong (plenty, obviously)
what I’ve done to deserve this daily onslaught
if he will end up in juvenile detention or when
how to survive the next hour or so before he goes to bed.
Yep, I often wonder how to survive all this, and it puts my parents into a whole different light, retrospectively.