Is it wrong to mock your children? If so, I have been a bad mother for quite some time. In my house it is not uncommon for the boys to say my name like "mmmmooohhhhhmm" and for me to respond with their name in the same tone. When I have had it with bad attitudes they are exhibiting I start answering their questions in the same manner.
"Mom, when is dinner?"
"No, Mom, what is for dinner?"
"Mom, come on, what are we having for dinner."
"Why do you have to ask me so many questions? I can't think....."
A few weeks ago, I got so frustrated at feeding the children and having them act like dogs that get fed and come running to their dishes only to run away away again after scarfing down their food, I just didn't make dinner. Not at all. It was after 8:30 when my oldest son came out and asked about dinner. My husband informed him that Mom wasn't making anything because she was tired of the way they expect to be fed and don't interact with me unless forced. He looks at me. The younger one stands by his side, eyes open wide..I unleashed. Why do I have to go in their rooms to talk to them? Why do I have to force conversations? They hadn't been asking me anything or talking to me unless they wanted something. After they get answers they disappear to their rooms to play on ipods, xbox, blah, blah. Why should I cook dinner for someone who doesn't care back? I wouldn't cook dinner for dad if he ignored me all the time. Why are they different? They had cereal that evening. I got the response I wanted because now they make a point to come out of their caves (aka bedrooms) and at least say "hello" when I get home at night.
Occasionally, I go on strike to make a point. Sometimes this affects my husband, sometimes not. It can be the little things that I get tired of doing without others pitching in. Laundry. Dishes. Grocery shopping. Once they realize it, they pitch in and life returns to normal. Should this even happen? Do other mothers go through this? I don't care who says parenting is wonderful. It makes me want to drink.