I don’t like Thursdays

Thursday is Doomsday in our house.

I don’t know why, but we’re all on our worst behavior on Thursdays.

Snacks and bread run out and children scream about it.

I say NO to any more YouTube toy-unboxing videos, and there is more screaming.

On Thursdays, I am met with resistance by the 8 year old when I remind him to do his extraordinarily reasonable amount of homework, which amounts to 30 minutes of reading every night. Not just resistance. Full on whining.

One thing that will turn me unmoving stone is whining.

I once read an adorable parenting book that told me to just ignore whining and they will stop. The book was right to tell me not to give in to whining.

But it was wrong to assure me that the whining would stop. Ever.

It doesn’t matter how much I ignore it, how much I do not give in, how much I make the consequences worse JUST FOR WHINING… it never stops. And if you tell me to stay strong and keep ignoring it, I will pat you on the head and send you on your way because you don’t know what you’re doing either.

More Thursday Observations:

1. My family is tired of dressing in the guest room. Well I’m tired of nobody putting their own laundry away. And also, I don’t really care whether or not *I* have to get dressed in the guest room. So I guess we’re at an impasse.

2. When you do a search for Pokémon videos on YouTube for your 5-year-old, you will find in the list of search results the word” pokeyman.” So this tells me that there are 59 million 68-year-old grandparents who STILL call it “PokeyMan,” causing the sound of howling and gnashing of teeth around the world by 128 million grandchildren. I don’t know why I find this so satisfying.

3. Question: Which came first, the toy unboxing videos or children demanding toy unboxing videos?

On a positive note: I just took bacon out of the oven and the steam on my face was amazing and also my skin smells incredible now, so there’s my new skin care plan. YOU ARE WELCOME.

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