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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

You're the boss, applesauce!

Young children and babies have ruled my world for a long time.


No one bothered to warn me, but when I brought my beautiful bundle of joy home from the hospital I essentially relinquished control of my life. That sweet-smelling, cuddly bundle of joy? She was really a benevolent dictator who influenced every facet of my life with her feeding and diapering and napping schedules. It was difficult to get used to in the beginning, but I ultimately succumbed to the promise of unconditional love. I quit trying to resist and eventually started playing by the new rules.

At some point a shift occurred, and it was a subtle shift. So subtle, in fact, that I didn't even notice until one day I realized my little dictator had become rather demanding... greedy... bossy even. In fact, this revelation came while we were on vacation last week. I was chatting with my friend and describing events that had not gone my way and how surprised I was at the turn of events. As if on cue one of my daughters adopted a sassy stance complete with hand on hip, and said:

"Snap out of it, Mom!"

Her tone of voice was condescending, and the entire comment completely unacceptable. Obviously I dealt with the sass, but it was then that the winds of change began blowing. The world according to me is on the verge of a coup. This little dictator no longer has cause to be in power and is, in fact, beginning to abuse said power. There must be a parental uprising and I expect power will be returned to the rightful leaders efficiently.

But please... alert the UN if you don't hear from us soon.

You may need to dispatch a peacekeeping envoy.



55 comments:

Cairo Typ0 said...

I'm fairly certain that peace in the middle east is easier to neogiate than peace between parents and their off spring. LOL

Good luck!!! :)

ScoMan said...

I hope your little dictator understands that with great power comes great responsibility.

Too much power on someone who doesn't realise this, and it could get messy..

In which case it will be up to mum to solve the problem, and the balance of power is restored.

♥ Braja said...

Do what my friends used to do: threaten to send her to me :)
xx

insider53 said...

Good luck and smoke'em if you got'em

Hit 40 said...

You still drive! Then you have the keys to the car :-)

I have not doubt you will retain control of your kingdom.

And the mirror by the kitchen table at your vacation place - wow! HUGE!! I could not look at myself every morning like this!!

Susie said...

I also think it is cute when the kids think that the house is a democracy or Let's Make a Deal. No, it's Mom's game all the way all day!

Yaya said...

Lol! Good luck!

K said...

Good luck.

Mom definitely needs to regain the crown.

Tammy Howard said...

Yeahhhhhhh..... this sounds frighteningly familiar...

Rachel said...

Aha! Yes, we turn over power and authority for the first two years or so, then spend the next 15 wrestling it back. Remain calm and steadfast, and know this is the natural order of things...

We have frequent discussions in my house about who is the boss: ME. Period. But who is Mom's boss? Sylvie, age 1.

For now... (wringing hands...)

Queenie Jeannie said...

Yeah kids are like that. You have to be so careful because they are sneaky and smart!!!!

Sturgmom said...

This may go down as the Great KathyB Revolution of 2009. Man your posts and stand your ground. Best of luck! (as I take nots from the sideline...My day is coming...)

MadMad said...

Power to the people! (When you figure out how, will you let me know? My own dictator is also fond of quoting vaguely inappropriate TV quips at me... The other day, he gave me a wolf-whistle, disturbing on several counts. And yet... the only one I've had in a while. So I'm torn, you know?)

TKW said...

God, I hate it when they start sassing and become unnervingly unafraid of The Momma.

WHY did I want girls?

You have my sympathy. Kick some sassy ass!

Yvonne said...

Yup tighten the rope while there is still time lest she hang herself with it when she's grown! haha

Pam said...

You ain't seen nothing yet. Wait until they're teens. Buckle your seatbelt, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

zelzee said...

Let's not even talk about the teen years.

These right now are the "easy" ones.
Believe me................

countryfriedmama said...

How quickly those sassy little comments go from cute (two-year-old baby talk) to completely unacceptable (three-year-old bossiness).

for a different kind of girl said...

There are more days than not lately where I, too, am hoping a delegation shows up at my door. Good luck!

Undercover-Princess said...

Apparently your little dictator and my tween went to the same Evil Overlord School.

Hillbilly Duhn said...

Oooh yes, that shift. Well now, I can say that those bossy whirly winds have swooped in through our home as well.

Instead of putting one foot down, we've jumped both feet in. We are taking down this dictatorship with finesse but force.

Parent Unite!

lmao!

forever folding laundry said...

Oh, you are leaving me with a healthy dose of fear of the teen years!!

Glad you had a nice trip back to Cali. Too bad we didn't run into each other somewhere! :)

~Keri

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

I don't know what to say - you wrote it in such a funny way, but it really must sting. Good luck!

D said...

Wow. Sounds like you've got your work cut out for you.

Good Luck!

the ungourmet said...

My daughter is at this stage too! Scary isn't it!


I am in the process of registering so I can nominate your blog! :0)

Kristina P. said...

I was such a sweet, perfect child, and would never be like this.

(HAHAHAHA)

Laoch of Chicago said...

Plato believed in the idea of the Philosopher king. No doubt you will be a wise Philosopher king in your own household.

Ink said...

Miss Sassy: Be nice to your mom, please! She has done more for you than you will ever know or understand (well, maybe unless you have your own children and they sass you).

LadyFi said...

Oh yes - you'll need a whole peacekeeping force to keept that sass in place! ;-)

Lindy said...

Ummm...she wouldn't happen to be at or around the age of 6 would she?

Mine is turning up the BS and I just wonder if maybe along with the terrible twos, there is such thing as the sassy sixes?

Grand Pooba said...

Oh no. Not the shift. I have heard of this shift and how it sneaks up on you so slowly that you don't realize it has happened until it is in full force.

You must stay strong. You must fight back.

3 Bay B Chicks said...

You're back in the blogosphere! Did you even miss being away from your computer? :)

It was great fun to see you Kathy B! The next time, we'll have to hang out longer...at least it would give you a break from your tyrannical boss.

-Francesca

Grant said...

Time to lock her in the basement until she grows old enough to support you in your old age.

The Blonde Duck said...

I'll send Queen Bitty to put her in her place!

Wifey said...

Do our daughters know each other? I feel your pain and will send in back up if necessary.

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Mary K Brennan said...

Oh Dear. They do enjoy testing us don't they?
I always remind them that if they want the power, they get everything else that comes with it: a job, a shopping list, bills, chores, etc.
They usually come off of that cloud pretty fast.

Meg said...

You want I should lean on them, Boss?

WhisperingWriter said...

Good luck.

My son has also been testing me lately. I practically had to shove him outside in order to get some peace.

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

If it is ANY consolation, this phase passes...around the age of 18 when they have to be out on their own and you tell them no more $$. Quickly, the sass becomes true respect...HA! Long wait though.

ck said...

My 4 year-old said that to me the other day. If I ever let her out of time out I'll start dealing with the fact that 12 is gonna be rough.

Suzy said...

Snap out it? What would we all blog about. Time out for 20 years ought to do it.

Vodka Mom said...

I left you some votes........

Kids + life = great blog fodder.

Paging Doctor Mommy said...

Have your daughter and my daughter been secretly discussing ways to overtake us together? Because Reagan thinks she rules the whole darn world, and I've just about had enough of it! I think I'm in big trouble...

Helene said...

Oh no!!!! I can just see this in my daughter's future!! Even tonight as I was practically shoving her head into a pillow begging her to go to sleep (for the love of GOD!!), I said, "Come on ...Mommy's off the clock now...give me a break!"

They are totally our little bosses and unfortunately they know it!!

faemom said...

You're scaring me! I remember sassing my mom once. The comment hung in the air for a split- second and then I was looking the other way by some one else's force. I don't think I have it in me to do that. If the parent uprising goes well, please let us in on the legistics and manuevers.

faemom said...

You're scaring me! I remember sassing my mom once. The comment hung in the air for a split- second and then I was looking the other way by some one else's force. I don't think I have it in me to do that. If the parent uprising goes well, please let us in on the legistics and manuevers.

faemom said...

You're scaring me! I remember sassing my mom once. The comment hung in the air for a split- second and then I was looking the other way by some one else's force. I don't think I have it in me to do that. If the parent uprising goes well, please let us in on the legistics and manuevers.

faemom said...

You're scaring me! I remember sassing my mom once. The comment hung in the air for a split- second and then I was looking the other way by some one else's force. I don't think I have it in me to do that. If the parent uprising goes well, please let us in on the legistics and manuevers.

faemom said...

You're scaring me! I remember sassing my mom once. The comment hung in the air for a split- second and then I was looking the other way by some one else's force. I don't think I have it in me to do that. If the parent uprising goes well, please let us in on the legistics and manuevers.

faemom said...

You're scaring me! I remember sassing my mom once. The comment hung in the air for a split- second and then I was looking the other way by some one else's force. I don't think I have it in me to do that. If the parent uprising goes well, please let us in on the legistics and manuevers.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I can absolutely relate...there may be some sort of uprising here with the Princess Nagger in the future... ;)

Zip n Tizzy said...

God save the Queen!

Take back your throne!

faemom said...

Crap. See it wouldn't "let" me comment last night. It froze the screen and I kept clicking muttering curses. So I came on today. To find all those comments. Sorry!

Zeemaid said...

kids, you give an inch they'll take a mile. Sometimes it is hard to see the inches we've given until they've already taken the mile.

Wow, do I sound profound or what or just seriously confused *LOL*

Best of luck with that. I sense an uprising in our near future with the oldest. :

Gibby said...

Isn't it amazing what you notice about your kids when you are on vacation?!

P.S. I think I might need that same peacekeeper...