Parenting teenagers is hard. Mentally hard.
Parenting a teenage girl is especially challenging sometimes when the mother and daughter are so much alike.
My daughter has caused me a bit of frustration lately. It seems that every time I tell her to do something, she has to say something back to me. Usually, this comes in the form of an excuse as to why she can't do what I've asked.
Let me just calmly say: I've reached my saturation point with the excuses.
So I asked her the other morning, as she was spewing excuses as to why she couldn't get her clothes out of the upstairs hallway, if there was a signal word I could say that would get her attention that she was on thin ice and save me from yelling.
She thought about this for a moment.
She thought hard.
Then with a sly smile, she said, "Yes, 'bubbles'."
"Bubbles?" I asked. "Are you sure you want it to be 'bubbles'?"
"Yes, I am" she answered then giggled.
Then I remembered something I heard our 4K teacher say to her students as they were walking down the hallway.
"Put a bubble on your lips, and your hands on your hips...and do what I told you to do." (I added this last part, of course.)
My daughter stared back at me, her mouth open but no sound coming out for once.
"Mom, you are the only person I know who can say the word 'bubbles' and make it not sound happy."
Yep, point for me.