Saturday, August 6, 2011

...and the battle rages...

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There are times in parenting when the girl child tries to face down the mother and uses every defiant eye-roll, planted arms on hips, face forward, and shrill voice known in the little girl armory.

What should have been a normal, “Okay, Mom.  I’ll put that away right now!”,  becomes a shouting match. 
Angry Little Girl

Then there is a lot more yelling, some chasing, running upstairs, and more yelling only more shrill. 

The next minutes get all blurry because they happen at super-fast speed: 
You can't make me!

Girl gets hoisted up in a football carry; 

·                  Girl grabs the door frame with both hands;

No, I won't.                                
          Mother pries the hands loose; 

·                  Mother drops girl on the bed;

·                   Girl screams acidic defiance and insults; 

                  Mother threatens spanking; 

·            Girl grips the twin bed with both hands, hurling a final volley of unintelligible insults; 
  Mother rolls the girl over and gives one good swat;

·      Mother leaves screeching girl in room;
·         and, the door slams. 

Thirty years ago, I dealt with my own little shrieking girl, who is yet to be a mother herself.  

 Now my other adult daughter has her own little harpy girl to contend in  hand-to-hand battle.   

I feel badly for her.  

I have had it with you!
 I must confess, however, that as all this battle royal went down, I was sweeping the kitchen floor with my eyes averted and a smile on my face. 


  1. I personally can't wait to be in your position. AAAhhh sweet justification.

  2. I always said to my daughter, "I hope you have a kid JUST like you." And boy, did she ever.

  3. It's so hard to watch from the bleachers. But, they must learn the hard way . . .

  4. Girls can be so hard sometimes. I think you get more for your money with daughters and granddaughters though LOL!

  5. Oh, my, sounds like fun from the bleachers.

  6. LOL! I knew it! I always think my mom is doing the same thing when my almost 5 year old daughter argues with me. What can I say, I deserve it. I gave my mom plenty of grief growing up.
    My daughter, unfortunately, has the same spitfire in her.
    BTW you asked what SCBWI stands for: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Non profit org of awesome. :)

  7. Ha! I remember this being my mother and me... What a nice POV you have now :)

  8. My mother hoped we would have triplet boys. Still waiting for them to turn up:)

  9. I guess the old cliche, "What goes around, comes around....etc is so true. If they only knew, huh?

  10. Very true, what goes around! :0)

  11. Oh, these pics are great! My daughter is twelve, and we still have many eye roll moments, even an occasional tantrum.

    I wish I could say that I'd silently chuckle at her future spats with her children, but I know I'll laugh out loud!

  12. My mom always threatened: "one day I hope you have a daughter just like you!"

    Mom got her wish! She doesn't even bother to hide her joy!

  13. I am a new the stories! Would you like to review a book written by my son and myself...and then share it with your daughter;))
    Let me know what you think....
    The book is "How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths", now available at Amazon!!


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