I just read an article about if it’s okay to call kids jerks.
Real talk, you guys, I didn’t know people didn’t call kids jerks.
Because kids. Are. Jerks.
Now, I’m not suggesting that people call kids jerks out loud to their faces. (Even though I do. All three of my kids are old enough to know when they’re being jerks.) What I’m saying is that kids do stuff that jerks do. Stuff that would make adults unfriend or unfollow or whatever it is people do these days.
1.) Correct your speech. I hate this. You know why? It’s not like they’re correcting your grammar or anything–they’re correcting you about crap that is completely irrelevant. Kid Sensation is good for it. I was talking to Kid Sensation about a dvd we got from the library. “Make sure you have that Blue’s Clues dvd in the case.” He says, “You mean, Blue’s room.” Listen, pal, I don’t give a flying fish stick what it’s called, just make sure it’s in the case so we don’t have to pay for it! Or the time I told him that something he wanted to do was impossible. He says, “You mean unpossible”. No, I didn’t, because I can’t mean something that isn’t a word. That is jerk stuff, right there.
2.) Question you. I don’t mean ask questions. I mean question me–two totally different things. When I give specific instructions, I don’t need to hear “why do I have to do it that way? It’s just as good if I do it the sloppy way I want to do it that is destined to fail”. I obviously have reasons for telling you how to do something a certain way, or maybe I don’t. Point is, you live here rent-free and you are wearing clothes that I didn’t steal off a bum as well as horrendously overpriced shoes. If I want the towels folded into thirds, so be it.
3.) Ignore you. This is grade-A jerk stuff because you know for a fact that they can hear you. Kid Sensation is also really good at this. The other day, I asked him to clean up all his Thomas crap. Nothing. So I repeated my request. He didn’t even turn his head. I raised my voice a bit (a lot) to make sure he could hear me. Bupkis. So then I said, almost whispering, “Guess I’m gonna have to eat this ice cream all by myself.” Guess what? I get, “Ice cream? What ice cream?” Uh huh. “No ice cream, I already ate it by myself. Now pick up your Thomas crap.” Take that, jerk.
4.)Try to go over your head. This right here is so infuriating, I can’t even. When I say no, going to the Big Man to plead your case isn’t going to work. Odds are, he’s going to tell you to ask your mother, anyway. Oh and being extra sweet and sitting on his lap won’t work either, Wondergirl. I’ve tried that.
5.) Ask you the same thing repeatedly. This is going nuclear in the jerk-being department in my book. I will, never, ever, ever in this life change the answer to a question just because you ask me 546,687 times. If I said no then, I promise I will say no the 546,688th time. I guaran-freaking-tee it.
I don’t know. Like I said, my parenting skills are iffy, at best. What about those of you that are good parents? Are your kids jerks?