I saw a story on the news a few weeks ago talking about how whining is the most annoying sound. Ever. Did they really need a scientists to confirm this? I think that mothers all around the world read that article and said, "well, duh."
In case anyone in my city doubted it - I decided to take my kids grocery shopping with me.
Well, no - I didn't actually decide to do that. Fate did. Mr. Delusional was out on some family business...and I ... well, I needed groceries. My kids had been playing outside in the heat all day, and have been either fighting off or getting over a summer flu. In other words; they were in "a mood."
The whining started before I even left the house.
"he hit me!"
"I did not, she pinched me!"
"No I didn't, he looked at me!!"
Yeah...that's not an exaggeration of what happened at all.
Then we got there. There was a fight about who was going to push the cart. There was a fight about what kind of eggos to get. There was Adam trying to nab all the stuff off of the shelf and then pouting when I refused to buy Corn Pops.
When we finally got to the checkout - I was more than frazzled...this is when the kids start asking me for all the things that they know that they can't have.
"Can we have a chocolate bar?"
"How about gum?"
Then I look up to see that while arguing with the kids about this junk...Adam has decided that he needed to catch up on the Kardashians and is happily flipping through a tabloid magazine. I shake my head but think to myself, at least he's occupied and quiet, and I go on putting my items onto the till...then I hear a rip and see that Adam has torn one of the pages of the magazine.
I quietly meltdown.
My kids sense the impending doom.
They suddenly all become quiet and helpful.
The ride home is silent.
Then we get home.
There is the chaos that ensues in just getting out of the car. Apparently it's too much to ask a 7 year old to help his 3 year old brother out of the car. There is shouting, pinching, crying, slapping. Meanwhile, Iman is standing there barking orders to the boys, and I'm trying to be the Incredible Grocery Carrier and have 5 bags hanging off of each arm and shout "Would someone get the door??"
Then I realize that the neighbors are all out enjoying their peaceful evening. *crickets and judgmental stares*
Eventually, I get the groceries in, the kids in and my temper under control.
Now, I wait for them to sleep.
13 hours ago