Parents need a break sometimes Posted on September 7, 2019September 4, 2019 by MamaJordan Sometimes, my kids are jerks. There, I said it. And that’s why parents need a break Look, I love my kids with every fiber of my being. But don’t all parents want a break sometimes? I have no doubt that I would be completely lost without my kids and I truly believe in my soul that God created me specifically to be their mother. I think that God equips every parent with exactly what they need to parent the children He designed for them to raise. My children are my single greatest blessings and biggest motivators for everything I do in life. But, sometimes, they are also the biggest jerks of all time and I need a break! They are young, ten and four. They are also as stubborn and hard-headed as the day is long. And, no, I have no idea from whom they inherited that trait. They haven’t figured out who they are or who they are going to become yet. They do, however, have strong wills and strong emotions, and very strong opinions. All of which they choose to express at the most inopportune moments. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, they both thoroughly enjoy aggravating each other. They really are great kids, but… Our oldest son, Sam, is the ultimate negotiator. Now, don’t get me wrong, Sam is the absolute sweetest child you could ever hope to meet. He has a heart bigger than this Texas sky. However, he also has a lazy streak about 3 miles long. He does not appreciate hard work in the least. He would rather play video games all day and just cannot understand why we limit him to 45 minutes a day during the school year. (If I have to listen to him cry about how ‘little Johnny and Susie Q get as much screen time as they want and it’s not fair’ one more time I may just beat my head against a wall). So, when Sam doesn’t want to do something, he starts to beg, negotiate, and then, just cry. If you yell at him, the crying and whining gets worse. But if you attempt to calm him down it usually gets worse. If you threaten a punishment it really gets worse. If you completely ignore him… well it gets worse… but then eventually it gets better. You cannot imagine how very frustrating this gets unless you also have a negotiator/whiner within your household. Our younger son, Richard, is pretty much the complete opposite of Sam. I am fully convinced that Richard would fight the devil himself with a smile on his face. It seems he is not afraid of anything in this world. He likes to pick on his older brother and enjoys running full blast and headbutting his father in the stomach. He then falls on the floor laughing so hard he sounds like he might pull a muscle. If he can make his brother mad or get him to start yelling Richard is more delighted than if the ice cream truck pulled up with free ice cream. He does all of this while laughing and feeling proud of himself; until he can see that he has made you really mad or hurt you in some way, then he suddenly becomes so sweet you’d swear he’s made of cotton candy. And all I can think is that we, as parents, need a break! They can charm just about anyone Both of our boys are quite endearing. You can’t help but love them. Even when they are jerks. They have the sweetest smiles and big hearts. Both of them can be very funny too. They are smart and adorable. But, like all kids, they know exactly how and when to push their daddy’s and my buttons. They can frustrate us to the point of wanting to pull our hair out, and it happens at least once a day. The fussing, fighting and arguing with each other almost non-stop here lately is enough to drive anyone insane. They are both being very emotional lately as well, and after 8 straight hours of one or both children crying no matter what you say to them, you really start thinking the alcoholics of the world have things figured out. Tell me that we aren’t the only ones I truly hope that we are not alone in feeling this way. I don’t think that we are though, which is why I write this blog; because I want YOU to know that you aren’t alone in it either. If your kids are inconsiderate, ungrateful, sometimes rude, whiny little brats every now and then and it makes you want to scream, or drink, or both, you have come to the right place. I would never trade my children for any amount of money in the world. But, if someone wanted to take them off my hands for an hour or two I guarantee the answer will never be no. These babies have brought me more joy than I could ever describe. They have also brought me more frustrations than I could ever count. So, when I say that my kids are a-holes, I mean it with as much love as any mother ever could, but it is 100% correct. However, they are MY a-holes and if anyone tries to mess with them I will tear them limb from limb. I just want a break though! Parents, y’all aren’t alone. Don’t feel bad for wanting to throw them outside on the swing set, lock the door, and eat your secret stash of chocolate. Don’t feel bad about that secret stash of chocolate either. We all love our kids, but all parents need a break sometimes! All the love, Jordan P.S. shout-out to the superhero grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, homeless guy on the corner (j/k), who pitches in to give us parents a break from time to time! Am I right??!?