7 Ways Your Young Son Will Challenge You!
So your son is in primary school.
You have survived the trauma of leaving him in reception and have recovered from the separation anxiety – felt more by you than him at times.
You have seen him progress into year one still a sweet innocent little thing.
Then three months into year one, BAM, it hits you like a freight train.
You see your son turning from your cute little boy into a mini teenager.
As they progress into years two and three, things will only get more challenging!
1. “No!” It starts with a digression into their toddler days where suddenly everything you ask them to do is met with the response of “No!” Only this time it is delivered with a very annoying ‘older boy’ tone to it which has the silent words of “and you can’t make me” attached to it. This is a sign that your mini teenager is about to turn it up a gear and put your parenting skills to the test!
2. Defiance. All too soon your son will go into defiant mode. Everything you tell him to do, he will try to do the opposite. “Son, please take your shoes off when you come in the house!” “Arrrrgh, you are the world’s worst mum” he says as he shrugs half way up the stairs before taking them off. “Son, please can you turn off the Xbox” “Arrrrgh, I just need to finish this level” and then twenty minutes later whilst finishing the said level “…………..and you are the world’s worst mum!”
3. Staring competition –You have just delivered your speech about bad behaviour and announced todays punishment and you are met with ‘the stare’. Not wanting to show weakness, you stare back equally as hard. Before you know it, you find yourself in a full blown staring contest with your eight year old. You want to be the grown up and end it but know that you can’t as your eyes pinch smaller and smaller at the edges as you perfect your evil look.
4. Sarcasm – It may be the favourite form of humour amongst us Brits but when your nine year old son delivers it to you, it isn’t so funny anymore. Especially when he masters lines that you know only too well he must have learnt from you.
5. The Willy Taunt – Yes you have seen it on display more time than he has had hot dinners but he will still lower himself to this level of maturity when he is trying to annoy you. After eventually getting him into the bath after an hour of protest, you now can’t get him out. He finds it hilarious to stand as far away from you as possible in the bath whilst shaking his willy wonka at you and then turning around to moon at you for good measure.
6. The ‘Or What’ line – You have been thinking up clever punishments for years now. The naughty step has progressed to a ‘Go to your room’ and the banishment of electronics. You have little else in your arsenal and he knows it. It is essential that you have back up punishments stored in your brain for the ‘or what’ moments.
7. Cheeky Back Chat In Front Of Friends – Giving your mum grief – cool! Giving your mum a cuddle – not cool! We mums know that when no-one else is looking our boys are mummy’s boys at heart and will still cuddle into us. In front of their friends though it is imperative that they show no sign of affection to us and this can be reinforced by cheeky back chat at every given opportunity!
When my now nine year old introduced me to the delights of the above seven points I thought that was just the way he was. I praised myself on what a calm mum I was and wasn’t particularly riled by the whole thing.
Then my now seven year old also started to display signs of mini teenager fever. That’s ok I thought at the time. My third son, now aged five, is Mr Chilled Out. He won’t ever be hard work and will just cruise through life going with the flow.
Well more fool me hey! Three weeks ago something clicked. It was as though his brothers had given him an initiation into how to wind mum up. First came the “No”. Then came the defiance. He even tried his hand at a bit of sarcasm last night.
My cute little boy doesn’t seem so cute anymore as he joins forces with his brothers in Mission – Wind Mum Up!
And I think they are very quickly working out that they outnumber me! My husband always said to me I would need to toughen up when my cute little boys got older. I used to smile sweetly at him and tell him I had it all under control. Little did I know people……………..little did I know!