And I feel bad for complaining - that's not normal for me, really. I've really had it with Buddy right now. He complains from morning to night about *something*. He doesn't want to go to school, he doesn't want to do his homework, he doesn't want to clean his room, and it goes on and on.
In addition to the complaints are the blatant disregard for obeying me. When we get home from school, he always wants a snack. I say fine, "But then change your clothes." I don't like him to play in his uniform clothes because those have to hold up until he outgrows them.
Many times, I'll go back to check on him and he's still in his uniform - long after the snack is finished.
Tonight, he had a nose bleed, which is not unusual. The Evil Twin and I both suffered from nose bleeds as children and it's just one of those things. But, it started right before dinner and the whole time (in between general whines) he kept saying he was hungry. Well, bud, I'm sorry, but you will have to wait it out on the nose bleed.
When it was finished and he'd eaten, I asked him to please get started on his homework (he should have started much earlier, but the nose situation put us behind). Soooo, I go back to get Sissy's stuff ready for her bath and I have some things to put in Buddy's chest of drawers. I go in and he's eating a popsicle! I asked, "Are you doing your homework?" (he never does his homework in his room) and he says, "No, I'm having a snack." RIGHT AFTER DINNER!
I'm not exaggerating when I say I went off. All I ask is that he follow directions. I don't think that's so tough. And, I think he should probably eat more at dinner if he still feels a need to snack within a half hour of the meal.
He's a smart kid, he just doesn't listen. I'm sure I'm not the only mom who has to deal with this... It's silly, really, for me to gripe about it, but I wanted to get it off my chest. Phew. Thanks for listening to me whine. I promise it won't happen often.