Kiddo is a full fledged teenager and there is no escape.
I am getting attitude and there is no time off for good behavior!
For me, not her.
She has a set amount of time she is allowed for the internet per day.
She got that.
Than tonight there was a song she wanted to hear and it was on the internet so she got on to hear it.
Didn't think it mattered for just one song.
Yeah, I know it was just one song.
But, she doesn't get it.
She knew she wasn't supposed to and she did it anyway.
But, I am the bad guy for making her shutdown her laptop.
I get the sullen looks and defensive manner a lot.
I asked her about school today and she went on about how she has to spend 8 hours a day in school talking about school stuff and she doesn't want to have to come home and talk about it.
You can almost hear the violin can't you?
I don't know what she is going to do when she gets in high school and has to do actual homework.
At least I assume there still is homework in high school.
I know I had homework in 8th grade and she barely ever does.
I have heard so many times that I need to pick my battles.
But, it is hard when she makes EVERY THING a battle.
I miss my little girl.
Not baby little.
I like kids potty trained, eating solid food, walking, and talking.
But I miss the girl that was always happy and laughing.
Now, she has been replaced.
Probably by an alien.
I can see glimpses of her,
but I'd like her back full-time.
Sometimes I think the teenage years are kind of a prison sentence.
You do your time and you make it through.
You have to go flat-
no such thing as parole.
I do think I may have earned it though.