Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Not in the Mood for Your 'Tude!

My oldest son is 10 years old

And he is a wonderful, kind, gentle, bright, loving boy.

My (usually) sweet Julian

And I thought that the major attitude would begin a little later than at 10 years old.

But I was sadly mistaken.

Apparently it can start even younger!  Yikes!

The 'tude has started...oh yes it has.

Woooooooooooooowwwwwww has it started.

I say "wooooooooooowwwwwww" because this has become one of my son's new favourite words.

No, not "JWOWW". Thank you sweet Mary Mother of God!
Does anyone watch this show btw?
Even I...a bit of a reality show junkie, can not stand Jersey Shore.
But I digress...

Not in the "wow, that is great Mom!" kinda way.

More in the "come on Mom...gimme a break!" kinda way.

Thanks Charlie for your dramatic interpretation of the "Wooooowwwww" face.

I knew that teenagers have attitude. I know I did. But a 10 year old? I thought I had at least a couple of years left!

If I ask his to turn off the video game or clean his room or get dressed or brush his teeth or la la la...the most common reply is "woooooooooooooooowwwwwww".

Interesting that "WOW" is the exact mirror image of "MOM".

And so, I have decided to return what I would like to call "The Wow Factor".

If Julian wants a snack or a drink or a ride to hockey practice or some money for a field trip at school or help with homework or to go to a movie or la la la, my new reply will be "wooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww".

Let's see how he enjoys it.

Now don't get me wrong. Julian and I are very close and he a snuggly bunny more than he is an annoying pre-teen.

Me taking Julian to his hockey banquet.

But he has to learn that I am not going to stand for the talking back. I am not going to be a push-over.

This Mama demands some respect...and I'll be damned if I don't get it.

No need to go this far.
Please...don't go this far. I beg you.

I figure I gotta nip this 'tude in the bud...because I know when he gets a bit older, he will become more brave and more brash. But I hope that he gets that I am the one person he can be sure to count on. The one person who he can come to. The one person that he needs to treat as a treasure...just as I treat him.

I know I may be a dreamer...and I'm not the only one (hey, John Lennon was....and his son's name is Julian too now that I think of it! But I digress...)...but I am gonna try my best. attitude.
(I wonder if John and Yoko's son Julian had 'tude?)

That's all I can do.

Because at the end of the day...there is nothing Julian and I love more than to snuggle and exchange a bear hug.

To which I often say "Woooooooooowwwwwww. I love you soooooooooooo much!"

To which he replies "Me too Mom!"

And least in my house...the world lives as one.

At least until tomorrow.

No, not yesterday.

Peace out!




  1. Wow what a post! hehe sorry no pun intended. I don't get the "wooooow" piece but I do always get the "But But do I have to" or the "But But he or she did this to me" or "Mom can't you see I'm busy"! All four of my kiddos do that. Granted they are absolutely adorable but yes the attitude does get to be much at times. I learned that it doesn't start when they become teens but rather around 9-10 for my boys and now at 7 for my daughter. Which I blame on the 3 older childern since the youngest always follows the leaders. Hang in there it always gets better.

  2. This was a fun read.We had air blowing on occasion from our tween daughters.It was their self expression when life was "not fair".I seriously think they did not realize they were doing it! I tried doing it back at times which would break the tense air as wierd coming from a mother. LOL