- what? which thing, event, circumstance, etc.?: an emphatic interrogative, expressing perplexity or wonder whatever can she mean by that?
- of no matter what type, degree, quality, etc. to make whatever repairs are needed
Who knew one simple word that we use 100 times a day could cause my eye to twitch violently?
As my boys grow older this word has become one of their favorite parting words said to me.
"Whatever Mom..." as they walk away.
That simple, seemingly harmless word can turn this calm & rational mother into a raging, eye popping out of her head, spittle clinging to her lip, wild banshee.
I find it hard to control myself when they choose to do the "Whatever Mom" exit routine.
It is almost a challenge. I can not... No, I WILL NOT let this be the last word said between my child and I.
I see it as dismissive, disrespectful, and just plain rude!
"Whatever Mom"... screams "I don't care what you say or think Mom, I am not listening." to me.
I know that this is a common thing from teens.
I know they think I am overreacting when I scream. "Don't you whatever Me!!!" But I can't stand it!
It's one of my buttons.
You know.. those buttons that every parent has that just sends them to the moon faster than just about anything else? "Whatever Mom"... is one of mine.
And make no mistake about it, our children are very aware of these "buttons" that is why they use them so often!
The "Whatever Mom" exit strategy is one of my least favorite things!
It's almost as bad as the No response to a direct question technique. But thats another rant, for another day.
What are some of your major "Buttons" when it comes to your kids?
Please tell me you have them too and I'm not the only spaz mom out here.