Am I the only mom who is wracked with guilt? I have had ongoing problems with my dd and her room. She is 10. Basically, she will say her room is clean and then I go check it and it's not. Allowing for some variance in our definition of "clean", there have been instances where she knew it wasn't clean, she was just banking on me not checking.
Anyway, last week, we were having another discussion about her room and how I expect her to accept the responsibility of keeping it clean. Then, I found out she lied to me about homework. So she was grounded from television for a week.
Come the weekend, and on Friday night, she's crying, tellling me none of her friends get grounded,and it makes her feel so bad when she's grounded. I told her that I didn't think I would be showing her a good example if I backed off my week of no television. But it kills me to see her in tears, and a little bit angry too, like she's trying to manipulate me or something.
I think we're hving the beginning of some hormones, which are not helping. Add to that the fact I'm pregnant, and well, I spent a good hour crying on DH's shoulder, agonized over whether or not I was a mean mother.
Tell me I'm not alone? Any suggestions?