I remember about 5 years ago, there were two other teachers in our building who had teenage daughters – young teenage daughters. We spent many emotional, tear-filled mornings in the teacher’s lounge describing tales of horror from either the previous night, or that morning. It was during that time we discovered that we were NOT the only moms who yelled, screamed, threw things, and were screamed at in return. After comparing notes, we felt almost NORMAL. It was then we decided that the only way we were going to live through this emotional period was to laugh about it. (Humor is the only way to go, right?) Someone had a little apple pin in their desk (another Christmas gift put to good use) and we agreed that it would be the “Mother of the Year” pin. So, on many mornings when we would come to school, one of us would inevitably come running into one of our rooms yelling, “Where’s the pin? Where’s the pin? I’m the Mother of the Year today!!” It truly helped us through some heart-wrenching years. Now, if you feel you are in the running to be a member of the club, pay close attention.
You, too, can be a “Mother (or father) of the Year” if you have been involved in some of the following:
1. If you’ve dragged your teenager to the bathroom by her hair in order to shove soap in her mouth.
2. If you’ve sent your daughter to school without money or appropriate clothing for a field trip.
3. If you’ve driven to a slumber party in the middle of the night to pick up a mortified teenager.
4. If you’ve driven to Smith Mountain in a snowstorm, climbed through trails in the woods to pluck your mortified daughter from a tent filled with partying teens.
5. If you’ve called parents after a sleepover to inform them of a late night sneak-out gone wrong.
6. If you’ve denied your child the privilege of going to a party that “everyone else” is going to
.7. If, in a moment of anger, you’ve thrown a cell phone to the floor only to have it disintegrate in front of your eyes.
8. If you’ve sent your child to school after a screaming match that’s lasted at LEAST 10 minutes.
9. If you have answered the door after being woken up at 3 am only to find a pizza man there but not the 5 girls who ordered the pizza. (They intended to beat him home :-) )
10. If you have checked the mileage on the car before and after a "trip to the high school to pick up a forgotten homework assignment."
11. If one of your teenager’s friend’s mother calls you at midnight and asks to speak to her daughter only to have you say, "Why no, Jane, the girls are at YOUR house."
12. If you have turned off you cell phone during an important meeting out of town only to turn it back on and see 15 missed messages--all from home. (Have a drink before you call back! Chances are your daughter was suspended for a slight misunderstanding.)
13. If you’ve had moments when you don’t actually like your child. (Even though we know you LOVE them…)
Mothers (and fathers) be assured; this too shall pass. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. The only problem is, when you have more than one child, and you think you see the light, there’s a force that YANKS you back in. Now, where is that pin???
(I am on a "sister" vacation until next week, so sorry I haven't been able to visit. I'll make it up to you somehow! :-) I'm also working on a project. Shhh, you didn't hear anything from me. )