So, you’ve been here before have you? Raised 4 boys practically single handed have you?
To be honest I wouldn’t shout too loudly. They are all far from perfect, two of them still occasionally require financial support and the one I’ve got still struggles to be able to wash a pot up correctly or understand the concept of dirt or germs. He rarely finishes a task he starts and would rather do a job badly than not do it all. He’s a talker and not a doer. Every task needs to be talked about for about a year until eventually I just get on and do it. I’m not from that same school of thought.
Routines? You can’t tell me you didn’t have them. You definitely did. Not entirely sure, then, why you take great pride in ignoring mine. For Pickle I fumed alot about it. One weekend with you and I had 2 weeks of trying to get her back on track again. Remember the day she screamed all day. Yeah, easily rectified if you hadn’t taken upon yourself to ignore everything I told you and wrote down and fed her when I said and let her sleep when I said.
I’m not sure why you do that, to be honest. It’s easy to be given a routine to follow isn’t it. Give or take 20 minutes, that’s fine. Best you can manage, that’s fine. Completely ignoring it? I’m not sure what that proves. HA HA, got one over on me didn’t you? Well, not really. Now we both have a problem.
Love that I rang you up at 11am the other morning to check all was well and The Monster was in bed!! An hour and a half early. “He yawned. He was very tired. He’d done alot of walking”. Jeez, I’d be in bed by 10am if that was the criteria. I know you didn’t get him up earlier, because he didn’t fall asleep that night until nearly 9pm. Nice one.
It was also fantastic that you decided to rant at your son for an hour after you’d had a particularly bad day with The Monster because it was our fault his language is so poor. “You need to say the word, get him to say the word, correct the way he says the word and get him to say it again”. Great! So I’ll do that whilst simultaneously preventing him from pulling out all the contents of the kitchen cupboards, doing reading with Pickle, putting on the washing, sweeping the floor and cooking dinner, shall I. Yep, all the time in the world to “hot-house” my son. I’m not working 4 days a week. Nope. I’m free as a bird.
I love that you love spending time with the grand children, I really do. I think you are a great grandmother and as a person, I quite like you, but for the life of me I have no idea why you are so critical of the way I’m bringing my children up and why you take every opportunity to ignore my advice.
Give me a break and remember what it was like when you had young children, for goodness sake, woman.
Love and kisses – Your daughter in law.