Tonight, we decided that it was time that the boys start going to bed at a reasonable hour again since school is going to start on Monday. At 10 pm, I told Lee he could go to his bed and read a book after he brushed his teeth. Jack agreed to take a shower when Lee was finished brushing his teeth. Lee, meanwhile was giving me "the look." The look is a practiced death stare that he (quite frequently these days) gives me when he doesn't like what I am telling him to do. I am trying very hard to ignore this look so that he doesn't think it gets to me (not that it does really, it's just irritating.)
So I ignored the look and went about other bedtime preps. A few minutes later, he was in his room after brushing. Good. Compliance, even when given unwillingly is still compliance. That is my mantra these days as I try to navigate through these almost-thirteen-years-old-hormone-infested waters without choking him to death or just beating him to a bloody pulp.
At 10:30, I walked into his room to say goodnight and hear his prayer (he still says a prayer and kisses me goodnight, sweet!) and he was playing with a little bucket of slime stuff. Okay, he wasn't reading, but I wasn't going to make a big deal out of it, because he was, after all, in bed as I had requested. So I leaned over and he said his prayer and I kissed him goodnight. As I turned to leave the room, he said, "I need my book."
I said, "No, it's time for lights out. You could have read before, but not now. Goodnight."
He said, "You said I could read."
I responded that we had already discussed that.
He said, "Why is it that everything you do annoys me?"
To which I calmly responded, "I think it's your age."
And he replied, "No, I think it's you. I think you should think about that."
And, God help me, the only response I had was a belly laugh. I laughed and laughed and laughed as I said goodnight and turned off the light and walked over to Jack's room. I could hear him yelling behind his closed door, "I'm serious!"
Jack was in his bed looking at me as I walked in and he said, "You should think about that!" and started laughing with me.
Sigh....I guess I will have to maintain my sense of humor if I am going to get through these coming years without finding myself in a rubber room or a jail cell. Do any of you out there have a teen you are dealing with? Do you find yourself in similar situations? How do YOU handle it??