Tales of a Misguided Mommy

The AM

This morning wasn't any better.  Brandon just pushed and pushed and pushed.  His teacher says he is at what they classify as the "defiant age."  No one told me being a mom would mean I would have a 3 year old toddler throwing things at my head, or laying on the floor kicking and screaming.  No one told me that the things you see on Supernanny really happen.  Kids really slam doors and kick their toys and throw their clothes.  They really lay in bed shouting NO NO NO louder and louder until you feel like it might be easier to live outside under a tree then in a house listening to that fucking bullshit for one more minute.  

It took 43 minutes for Brandon to get dressed this morning.  Another 17 minutes for his teeth to be brushed.  That is one hour of my soul that I will never get back.  One hour where I walked away saying, "I am a total failure as a mom."

Mornings like this I feel like submitting my photo to Fail blog


To end a little cheerier here is the conversation that took place between Brandon's pre-school teacher and me this morning.

Teacher: Are you going to be here for the Easter egg hunt tomorrow?

Me: TOMORROW????  What do you mean tomorrow?  I can't do it.  I thought it was Friday.  Why would they do it on Thursday? Crap.

(At this point I whip out my Iphone and frantically try and load my colander to move things around)

Teacher: Shannon, you do know tomorrow is Friday right?


Teacher: You do know today is Thursday right?

Me:  ...... Um.  I'm so confused.  I have to go before I make myself look more stupid.


So.  It appears today is Thursday, not Wednesday.  It also appears that I had already failed the day before 9AM.  How does that happen?  That also means I have failed 4 out of 5 days this week and I still have a chance to fuck up tomorrow.  Wanna make bets on whether or not I remember to buy toys for the kids Easter egg hunt at school tomorrow?

Love, Misguided Mommy

posted on Apr. 9, 2009


Apr. 09 2009
Steph said…
ugh, hang in there. Like you said, it won't last forever. and you totally freaked me out that it was only wednesday right now...
Apr. 09 2009
Just Jiff said…
I've heard that ages 2-4 are the worst. Z wasn't as bad as most kids, but he's unusually good. Like, I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. But with that said, you are halfway to being through Brandon's phase! Doesn't make you feel any better, I know. Sorry. I think it's awesome that you are learning to walk away from it. One thing I did with Z was during one of his tantrums, I'd ask for a hug.... sometimes he'd say no, other times he was wondering why when he was acting so badly that I wanted a hug. I told him, "Just because I want you to know I love you even when you aren't being a good boy." It may not work for Brandon.... you just have to experiment. And I know my example sounds totally gay, but hey...it worked.Every kid is different. Okay, with that gayness..I'll just stop this comment. lol. Hang in there, call/email/text if you need to vent.
Apr. 09 2009
Katie said…
3 Year olds make me suicidal. Even my own. No, especially my onw. Know what I was never told? That as soon as my child turned 3 he would have the attitude of a 13 year old. Actually, 13 year olds are probably better. He's lucky he is cute because GOOD LORD is he bad.
Apr. 09 2009
Sarah said…
God I know these days. Where each thing that happens from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep feels like another perfect addition to make me feel like I'm losing my mind, my ability to function, my cool, my whatever... Just one of those days where you catch yourself thinking, "how is this even possible?... oh wait, it figures." Those are shit days. I had one of those (okay, I'll be honest... a couple of them) in the last few weeks. Boo to those days! Hopefully tomorrow will be better, and hopefully you'll have fun at the Easter shin-dig, whether you remember toys or not... Kids hopped up on sugar? What's not to love? ;)
Apr. 09 2009
Angie said…
If it makes you feel any better I have felt all day long today like it was Friday and even got my kids' folders ready and signed. Went to pass them out and they all looked at me like I was nuts. They said uh today is Thursday...we don't get those till tomorrow! Well shit! So I totally know how you feel today!
Apr. 09 2009
Christy said…
I had to opposite problem. I kept thinking that today was Friday. Sucks because tomorrow is Friday # 2, and it is supposed to be Saturday.
Apr. 09 2009
amanda said…
now that beans has stopped wearing her day of the week bibs i have no idea what day it is. often i call my husband to ask him. how sad is that. and you my friend are far from fail! happy almost friday :)
Apr. 10 2009
Billie said…
LOL! Too funny! I know exactly what your going through. It's an every day struggle with my own 3 (soon to be 4) yr old. He gets something in his mind and it is a battle to change it. He doesn't want to brush his teeth, eat, get dressed, etc. it becomes a long and hard battle to get him to do it. I've tried everything I can think of - have listened to the tantrums/screams. Of course, even as a baby he was a difficult child. My oldest was never like that and I'm praying the baby never gets like that.
Apr. 10 2009
Lainey-Paney said…
You know that we all have our bat-shit-crazy mom moments....and we all have our moments where our kids won't do a darn thing we ask. ....speaking of SuperNanny....I just bought her book at Barnes & Noble in the bargain area by the check out. $5.98, so I figured I'd give it a whirl....
Apr. 11 2009
Tabitha said…
Oh Shannon ~ you are so not alone! I fail most days too ~ only difference is ~ I have been failing for years.....so I am kind of used to it now, Hope things are better now. Love and hugs XXXX


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