Ladies, isn't it awesome to stand athwart the march of madness and point to the exits? You do it every day that you display a self-confidence that refuses to allow your kids to blackmail your affections with disingenuous manipulations. You know what I'm talking about. The pout, the brokering, the negotiations and threats of withholding their sweeter attentions. So tender in their early years do they learn to say, "I don't like you!!"
You were never taken aback by such devilish tricks, because you never bought into the, "children are born pure" fantasy. They're born with all of the features and genetic codes that run amok in your own life and knowing that alone should harden your forehead like flint against the little psy-ops agents in your own home.
It's all an attempt to make life about them. It doesn't help that all their teachers and television entertainments reinforce the notion.
God bless each and every one of you who quashed that mistaken notion with a hard head, soft humor and unassailable confidence in the long view. . . the vision of your kids being strong in the face of life's pouts, brokerings, negotiations and tendency to treat one unkindly. Dame Margaret Thatcher must have had such a mom:
Happy Mother's Day!
h/t to the Innocent Bystanders.