In anger, all we want is to be heard

I like cleaning – sometimes. My kid doesn’t – ever.

Right now, she is up in her bedroom crying loudly and alternately grumbling under her breath. “I hate doing this. I hate doing this.” (At least she’s not saying, “I hate my mommy, I hate my mommy.”) Then I hear the occasional bang.

The lead-up to this was my asking her to pick up her books and put them on her bookshelf. Nothing more than that. She’s not refusing to do it – which is a step forward in itself.

But once she started crying, I asked her to shut the door. “I don’t need to hear you.” She wouldn’t close it.

“I want someone to hear me,” she said. She wanted to know I could hear her grumble and whine. She just wants her discontent to be heard.

Don’t we all.

So, I’ve left her door open. She knows I can hear her. And she’s picking up her books.



  1. This post makes a lot of sense. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jae. I think it makes sense no matter what age you are.

  2. Deb, I survived three teenage girls (barely). In 7 years this is going to seem like a cakewalk!

    1. Three of them? That explains why you’re the coolest mom around. I think I’m going to start stockpiling the wine now 🙂

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