My 17 yr old thinks I'm mean, and I mistreat her.
Why do you ask?
Because she has a CHORE!
*gasp* God forbid *gasp*
Its not a list of chores, like we had when we were little. It is just ONE thing, and it needs to be done 2-3 times a week. All she has to do is clean the cats litter boxes (there are 2). Yeah, its a stinky job, but its not a hard job, especially if it is done on time. That's it, one easy, yet stinky job.
For doing this job, she has the privilege of a cell phone, with unlimited text and calling. She agreed she'd do her job, and keep it up for this phone when we got it.
She's become a major slacker, and has barely done the litter boxes even once a week. When I remind her she gets all pissed off, and has a temper tantrum, and usually says some very bad/disrespectful things to me. Then she runs off to her room and slams her door.
Every time, she brings up the fact that her younger sister doesn't have to do any job. This is true. But, her younger sister does not have a phone. If she did, by golly she too would be doing something for it.
Maybe, I should give her younger sister a chore or two. Then give Kelsey a few more as well....she does have a phone to work off.
I'm so mean.
I get so annoyed at her hissy fits. She should feel lucky she doesn't have a list of chores like most of us have had growing up. My brothers & I had dishes to do, vacuuming, dusting, the works! My kids have it easy!
My husband who pays for the phone, wants to shut it off. No chore done, no phone. I've held him off for a while now, but I think maybe its the only way someone will learn.