Friday, January 15, 2010

She's Back

I mentioned a while back that Beth had moved down to stay with my brother and help him take care of his 10-year-old daughter, Tana.  Well, that didn't last too long, because she's back

Tana spent Winter Break with her mom, and Beth came home and then went with Tim to visit his mom.  Then after Break, Tana decided that she wanted stay with her mom - so Beth didn't go back, except to get her stuff.  I think she's kind of relieved that she didn't have to tell her uncle that she didn't want to be there any more and wanted to come home.  It was kind of interesting hearing her talk about all the frustrations of dealing with a 10-year-old who had apparently never had to do anything she didn't want to do while living with her mom.  Some of the attitudes made me think, "Wow!  My daughter was just like that!"  But, of course, Tana is not Beth's daughter; she's her cousin, and should Beth really have to deal with that?

But since Beth is back, I'm beginning to wonder if the rest of us should really have to deal with that.  The attitude, the not being willing to do anything she doesn't want to do, the drama with Tim, the yelling, the stress.  It's enough to have me looking for oahu hotels hoping to get away.

Am I a bad mom for thinking how much more peaceful it was around here while she was gone?


  1. Set some rules for her behavior, and when she balks at them, remind her of Tana's behavior. Make sure you use the phrase, "She never listens to me!!!"

  2. Not at all. Even parents need a break from their kids once in a while. It doesn't mean they don't love them.


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