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Hello? Are you listening?

As my kids are getting older they are getting less chatty in the morning.

The twenty minute drive to their school is quieter these days with only my youngest usually talking or the radio playing.

When I drop my trio off at their school, I usually chirp, 'Have a good day. I love you. I'll see you at pick-up.' at them as they're getting out of the car. My youngest will always give me a reply but my older two will now usually just ignore me.

So today I decided to reply for them. I gave them my usual 'have a good day' line, and then I said to them, "Thanks Mom, you have a good day too. We hope you're feeling better.'

I figured if they weren't going to have the MANNERS to reply to me, then I'd set a good example and show them what an appropriate response would be.

What did they do?

My youngest smiled. My older son and daughter? They rolled their eyes and then my teen said to my tween, 'OMG, she's losing it.'

She's losing it?

Yep. I want acknowledgement to my uh, being alive in the morning from my children.

What was I thinking?

I've lost it indeed.

Sigh.

7 thoughts on “Hello? Are you listening?

  1. LOL, kids are so funny! My oldest (she’s 8) sometimes will not reply to me. She can’t stand it because I will keep saying “I love you doodlebug” over and over until she replies! Even if were in front of friends of hers, she now knows to reply, lol!

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  2. I still don’t like to talk in the morning. I think the first morning my mother woke me up for kindergarten I didn’t speak. Now, 43 years later, when she visits and I come into the kitchen (she’s always up before me), she waves. She doesn’t dare speak until I do …. oh I am awful.

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  3. This, too, shall pass. I have a 22, 20 and 16 year-old. The older two, esp. the 22 year-old college senior girl, seems to genuinely LIKE me now. It’s been a long time comin’, but they do come back around. Hang in there!

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  4. Threaten to wear your PJs to drop them off and let them know if they fail to acknowledge you, you will get out and chase them down for a proper goodbye kiss.
    When my kids were slow getting ready, I threatened to make them go to school dressed as is… for weeks one of my children slept in clothes instead of PJs just in case….

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