If I say it once I say it a million times, parenting is hard. I mean really hard! My 14 year old just started high school. She is my first born and I love her pieces. But yesterday I had to punish her. I need to start at the beginning. All of my children have chores and things that are expected of them. Apparently I am the only mom in the world to do this. No other child has chores. The chores for Jazz are horrible too. They are keep your room clean, clean the kitchen after dinner (we have a dishwasher), keep the back hallway swept (we have a dog). On weekends she also has to clean their bathroom. Can’t you tell how mean I am?
The last week Jazz had not done all her chores but I let her go to the mall with friends yesterday. It was supposed to be Jazz, 3 other girls and 1 boy. Jazz left without cleaning the kitchen after lunch. Jazz left at 2 p.m. I called her over four times and texted her at least six times. She did answer me at all. She did call her dad though. Apparently she went to the movies with just the boy and his family. Jazz did not get home until after 7 p.m. I am the meanest mom in the world because I think if I get you a cell phone I should be able to reach you. She “claims” she did not get my text but she called her dad after I left her a text and asked was she in trouble. I was going out of my mind. I had no idea where she was or what she was doing. Is this all part of being a teenager? Am I over reacting to not being able to reach her?