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"What?" or "What!"

"What?" or "What!"

As a mom of three teenagers I sometimes wonder if they listen to half of what I say and find myself praying they at least allow some of what they are ignoring to seep into their subconscious.    Anyway that is my life day in and day out…listen to me…pay attention…this is important…. been there right?   

Kids seem to take on parts of our own personalities. When they do, seeing that little piece of yourself in a mannerism, a laugh, or perhaps that one trait you wish they hadn’t grabbed onto and kept as their own; it can just drive you nuts.  On the other hand, it may just make you want to burst out in laughter.

I am going to step out of my comfort zone and admit that I routinely torment my kids.  Not in a painful- going to get arrested sort of way- but in an “OMG tell me you didn’t just do that” kind of thing.  There is a sort of bizarre sort of satisfaction from watching them squirm a little.  I know I am not the only one that has done this to their kids.  Some of us have perfected this little game.  My sister feels it is payback for all the embarrassing things our kids have put us through but I prefer to think of it as simply humor on edge. 

How does one teach teenagers patience?  My father had a unique and exquisitely painful way.  He simply made you wait until the day before you absolutely positively had to have an answer and yes that is torture.   If you pestered him about it the answer was always “No” but if you were patient the answer was almost always “Yes” unless you did something to screw things up for yourself.


Unfortunately I never mastered that one skill regrettably.  Because of this I am tormented daily with all the “Have you decided yet?” pokes at my thin resolve.  It is okay because I have my own arsenal of tools which I use in other ways.  Perhaps my husband and I accidentally on purpose erase the “Robot Chicken” episodes the kids thought they were sneaking around recording behind our back.  The best part is that he and I watch them first and then discuss how funny they were while they are in ear-shot.  The groaning we hear when they discover they are gone is fabulous.

Today was my shining achievement and I am here to brag.  Yep- I am very proud of this one.  My son has this habit of always saying “What?” like he is innocent when it is obvious he isn’t.  It sometimes wears us all thin because we know this is his way of rubbing it in.  He is very sneaky but not clever enough to cover his tracks.  Sometimes he revels in actually getting caught and of course he simply says his signature “What?”

Today he went around all day long saying “What?” only the tone was very different.  I started paying a little more attention and discovered he was following around my daughter insisting that she tell him “what” she had done.  Hmmmm….my Mom radar was going off so I had to know “what” was going on but I knew that with all good things one must wait.  Bedtime I hear him still asking her “what did she do” and all she would say is “You’ll know, it is only a matter of time.”  He groaned.

After about an hour I called my daughter on her cell phone and asked “So what did you do to your brother that has been tormenting him all day?”  She laughed and said, “Nothing.  I just figured if he was going to be going around saying ‘What’ all the time that I’d give him something to really say ‘What’ about.”  Yes!  I love it!  She has been taught by the master.  That girl deserves chocolate.

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cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 6 years
I guess she inherited some of my "cheeky" behavior.
Jinx Jinx 6 years
lol, chocolate all around! :medal:
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 6 years daughter made him think she did something to his trick or treat it set on the counter for the past couple days and we got all the good stuff! He finally figured out she was teasing him. She got his chocolate!
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 6 years
Thanks! My silly posts here are just for fun. You'd think sugar would help promote within by making it easier to notify. Gosh....almost 3 hours to send each of you a private message! I am thinking we just have to ALL speak up and let them know how much that feature was important. Let them whack the spammers if it is abused. Why make the rest of us suffer?
Stardustlove Stardustlove 6 years
This was a good post cheeky!! :)
hartsfull hartsfull 6 years
I know lazy! I don't like not getting the alert that something is there either. :irk: Great site cheeky!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 6 years
Haha. "Mom radar!"
Iveenia Iveenia 6 years
You are so totally right CheekyRH - SPAM - ERR... ;) and btw: those who love to read your stuff - invite them to follow your blogs :) that is what some of my friends did - inviting me to their blogs :) :HUG:
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 6 years
I am so glad you guys liked this! The freaky thing about the old "notification" feature was that is was simple and eliminated the whole "follower" thing. I have complained and complained. They basically made me private message every person I could find to let them know I posted this article....which seems "spam-e-er" to me than what we used to do. So...I have gone to your profiles and "followed you" which means you have to do the same for me or this group or I will spend another two hours sending each of you private message again each time I post. Aren't changes supposed to make things easier? ARghhhh.
DecemberBaby DecemberBaby 6 years
That is hilarious. My little brother does the what thing too. I might do a copy cat of your daughter's method
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 6 years
:ROTFL: Sounds like my house!
tdsollog tdsollog 6 years
Love this!!!! I have two boys (age 13 & 11), and I can totally relate. :-)
Iveenia Iveenia 6 years
:ROTFL: - really - what a great lesson - i take a lot of good ideas out of that - cause the teenage years will approach soon enough - ;) Thank you CheekyRH LB - sign up for all the blogs you wish to read - i know the new format sucks and i complained with Sugar - but they insist it would be like SPAM and was treated as such. so what can we do?
Dana18 Dana18 6 years
Very cute. I love it when kids give it back to each other in a fun way.
lazybones101 lazybones101 6 years
I miss all of my popsugar friends. This new format sucks. I don't get emails anymore when people post so a person has to actively look. What's up with that?
lazybones101 lazybones101 6 years
Very cute story. My daughter is grown and sometimes I still like tormenting her. Guess I just like getting a reaction.
samantha999 samantha999 6 years
:rotfl: young grasshopper has learned

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