Anyone who claims complete obedience in their children is one of three things: lucky, a tyrant, or a liar. Kids are little "no" machines, and sometimes it feels like they run on crackers and the collective tears of questioned mothers everywhere. Why. Won't. They. Just. Listen?! Fortunately there is someone who will always know exactly what I'm going through when my children refuse to listen to a word I have to say: my mom. My mother was a stay at home parent from 1982 to 2009. She also just gets me, so I send her the very texts that every woman sends her mom when her kids say "no," when mine are unapologetically defiant to (what has to be) a pathological degree.
I have an incredibly close relationship with my mother. I know not everyone has a "Rory and Lorelai Gilmore" relationship with the maternal figure in their life, but for those of us who continue to rely on their mamas to get them through the toughest of days, I'm going to go ahead and guess that a lot of those relationships look pretty similar. (What is it Tolstoy said about happy families?) When your child is being particularly defiant, or if their obnoxious behavior is just the poop frosting on your crap-cake of a day, sometimes you just need to talk to someone who knows exactly what you're going through and can completely understand your current, undone mental state. Which is why every woman sends her mother the following 11 text messages when her kids are all about the word "no."