Counting Down Until August 22nd

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I was so happy when my daughter, the always delightful Fangette, graduated from high school in the spring. Finally. All the bullshit was over… Or, so I thought.

She’s been home this summer. She’s working here and there at her movie theater job, but she’s home more than she’s not home. I know that come August 22nd when we deposit her and her belongings in Burlington, Vermont, I’ll miss her terribly. Right now, though? Not so much.

At the moment I’m putting up with lots of demands for egg salad sandwiches and runs to the mall. She cannot seem to ever find a beach towel (or a regular towel) when she needs one. And don’t even get me started on where her favorite sandals are. I hope that her roommates can keep better track of her stuff than I can. I hope that they have mastered boiling an egg. I wonder if there’s a place for these skills on the roommate matching forms?

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Probably not. This is likely part of the reason that they go away to college at all. In addition to the academic component of a university education, I’m guessing that keeping track of her own shit and learning to make a sandwich will be among the things, along with organic chemistry, that she will learn to master while she’s away at college.

Knowing Fangette as I do, though, I’ll bet she surrounds herself with people who will do these things for her. She’s a person that just naturally gathers minions. For the last 18 years, I’ve been one of them. I cannot wait until August 22nd.

It feels like a release date — from prison or from the mental institution where I’ve been languishing for years. It really does.

It’s not that I haven’t tried to teach my daughter to do things for herself. I have. And I’ve been successful in some areas. She knows what she has in the bank to the penny. She can shower and dress herself. And she’s timely. She gets her schoolwork done. Tardiness of any kind irritates her. She gets that from me.

Unlike me, but much like her father, she cannot make an appointment — for car service, for the dermatologist — to save her life, although I’ve noticed that she has no trouble scheduling mani-pedis. Luckily she won’t have her car on campus next year. She has to find a dermatologist though — we’ve spent years and buckets of money keeping her acne at bay. I suppose that I could take some comfort in the fact that if she doesn’t attend to her skin, at least her nails will look nice. I’m sure she’s already Yelped the best nail salons in Burlington, VT.

She likes to carry on about becoming an independent woman. I’ve told her that doing her own laundry would be a step in the right direction. As would procuring her immunization records from the pediatrician.

I think she’s done one load of laundry from start to finish in her life. As for the immunization records, I know I’ll have to get them. They’re just as important to me as they are to her, given that they are a necessary component to my release date.

The other night on one of our many trips to the mall to secure this, that, and the other thing, we enjoyed dinner together. She told me that she was bothered by all of the injustice in the world, that she hoped to find a way — during or after college — to use her skills to make a difference in the world. That’s admirable.

I told her that she might want to start by making a difference in my world — picking up after herself, making her own pasta, buying her own strawberries. She rolled her eyes, which was her way of saying, “Mom, you don’t get it. I’m talking about saving the WORLD here!”

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I got it. I really did. She’s always on me about being a better housekeeper, a more organized person. I took this opportunity to quote Ghandi. I told her that she should “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. She looked at me like I was crazy. She asked me if I thought that I wasn’t diminishing Ghandi by using his words to get her to do something as pedestrian as laundry.

I can’t be sure, not having known Ghandi myself, but I’ll bet he would be supportive of my efforts. I’m pretty sure he had teenagers. I’ll bet they rolled their eyes at him, too. I told her to go ahead and find me a picture of Ghandi in a dirty and/or wrinkled sari. I’m still awaiting that piece of evidence.

In an effort to be the change I wish to see in my world, I’m going to do a little cleaning and organizing today. After all, I want to make Ghandi proud. (Don’t we all?) I can’t start on it right away though. I have to get on the phone with the pediatrician’s office and the car dealership and straighten some things out for Fangette. Who knows how long that will take?

I can’t be sure, but I think I hear Ghandi “tsking” right now. I absolutely know he’s shaking his head.

As for me, I just keep thinking “August 22nd, August 22nd, August 22nd!”

Related post: Do Your Laundry Or You’ll Die Alone 

About the writer

Jacqueline Tierney-DeMuro is a New Jersey Mom who has spent her life in the service industry, which means that she waits on people night and day --- both on the job and at home. She writes wryly about parenthood, her life as a waitress, and anything else that strikes her fancy on her blog, Ambling & Rambling. If she's not writing, waiting tables, or  parenting, she's probably watching The NY Mets. Go ahead. Feel sorry for her. She'll understand.


Katie Coleman 1 year ago

Thanks for the laughs!

Erin Kelly 1 year ago

My 9 year old daughter is a lot like this girl, but I’ve made her learn how to do laundry anyway. I tend to think she’ll have her act together before finishing high school though. She has three siblings, so I don’t have the time or patience to indulge her petulance. And apparently I’m the meanest mother ever (true story).

Kir 1 year ago

Because I have 6 yr old twins(boys) I am afraif my own emancipation is a long time coming.
I like the snark..heaven knows you’ll miss her but for the love of all thats holy..she needs to go to school already.

Just remember she’ll be home at thanksgiving ,with her lsundry but maybe she’ll bring a minion with her. Hee.

Loved this.

Lynne Bryant 1 year ago

Seems I’m the minority in finding the humor in this article – I believe it was intended to give us a chuckle. I would also be inclined to believe that it’s a touch embellished. I’m not a perfect parent – none of us are. The tone of most of these articles is poking fun at herself – keep in mind – she’s putting herself out there for all of us to applaud or criticize. There is a REAL human behind this blog – no way in the world would I open my life for everyone to weigh in on. If you don’t like them, don’t read them. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it.

    Jackie 1 year ago

    Of course it’s embellished… isn’t that the point of this arena? I thought it was, that’s why I chose to submit it here. It’s hysterical how people could think that I would let my kid, who I always love, but who often exasperates me, wander off to college completely and utterly ill-prepared. Of course she knows how to do things, she just doesn’t do them regularly around here — and that will, of course, change the minute she’s on her own. I’m confident that she’s ready. If I wasn’t, she wouldn’t be going. :)

Tommy Buzzerio 1 year ago

This was so funny! I could soooo see Ghandi’s teenage son rolling his eyes and saying “daaad, you just don’t get it”

    Jackie 1 year ago

    Oh, Tommy, I am soooooo glad you got that image of Ghandi’s teenage son. When I wrote it, I had it, too :)

    And, thank you for your lovely comment :)

Chelsea Kelly 1 year ago

Glad to know that this comment section is where the recipients for the “Perfect Mother Award” hang out. Glad to know your 4 year old can balance a checkbook, clean a house, and file taxes. Good on ya. Start your own blog, I suppose. Judgment is an ugly old hag, though, and it’s an ugly color on everyone. Cut the author some slack, kids, and keep the judgments mum.

Maryland Family Psychology 1 year ago

I’m sure a lot of moms can relate to having a similar teenager after years of making their appointments and sandwiches for them. I know that this is an easy trap to fall into because it is so alluring to still feel needed and important as a mother (even when the child is perfectly capable of more independence) and sometimes it is just way easier to do things for your kid than fight with them…. Very brave article based on how judgmental people tend to be…

Maura McKeag Leach 1 year ago

Yes yes !!!!!

    Jackie 1 year ago

    Thank you! :)

Margaret Maguire Lugo 1 year ago

Wow! Some people take things way over the top! Loved it!

bodynsoil 1 year ago

It won’t be long before your daughter learns that she needs to care for and do for herself, or face the wrath of her roommates. I’m sure she can boil an egg on her own but really what she wants is to be mothered by her mommy, a person she knows she will miss tremendously as her life transitions to adulthood..

I hope she enjoys college life and Burlington too. I’ve lived here for thirty years and love the area a lot as it is a great mix of culture and country beauty.. The campus is gorgeous too..

    Jackie 1 year ago

    Oh, she knows. She honestly won’t expect other people to boil eggs for her. Really, she won’t. This was meant to be humorous.

    She loves Burlington and so do we. It’s the exact right place for her to, as you put it, “transition to adulthood”.

Sharon Greenthal 1 year ago

This was clearly meant to be tongue in cheek.

And for those of you with small children saying “kids need to learn chores,” remind yourselves of this when they are in high school, taking AP or Honors classes with 2-3 hours of homework a night, doing extracurricular activities, and trying to get some sleep in between. Each family does things differently. Neither of my kids ever had jobs during the school year (summers, yes) and they are both now fully employed, independent, responsible young adults who graduated from college.

Lighten up.

    Jackie 1 year ago

    Fangette actually did all of that AND worked AND graduated #8 in her class AND captained the field hockey team at her high school. She’s a good kid. She’ll do fine at college and beyond. This summer has just been a bit trying for the both of us :)

    Thanks for the support.

Hoosier Mama 1 year ago

I dropped my daughter off to Early Start LAST Sunday! I totally get this! It’s common for TEENAGERS to pour their heart and soul into things that are important to them (and trust me laundry, or any domestic chore for that matter, is NOT on that list), and to treat their parents with disdain, eye rolls, imitations of cats coughing up hair balls, etc. when the LEAST suggestion of anything that does not excite them comes up! You get to the point that you begin to question how they will function in the “real” world, when they can’t hit the trash can, find Anything, remember Anything, and are more concerned with saying good-bye to all of their high school friends and hanging out every possible second until time to go, than finding and purchasing the 10,000 items on their school list! And then you remember- all of their accomplishments, and all of the times that you have been amazed by their good hearts, willingness to help others, all of the times they exceeded even your expectations when doing something that they love, and you realize that they will be alright, they’ll do OK. When they have to do for themselves, they will, just like you did. Especially with mothers and daughters, nature seems to insist that the growing up and moving on portion of our lives comes with a lot of friction, because, how else could we stand to let them go? (Mine has texted me every day since she left, it’s gonna be OK.) For those who don’t have teenagers and want to judge: just you wait.

Keren Slack Ellis 1 year ago

I kept waiting for the punch line where she realizes how precious her daughter’s childhood has been and bittersweet that it is over. A good student, punctual, wants to change the world….when my 18 years daughter leaves August 28th I will miss all those years when she was lighting my life. I am sorry this Mother missed all that.

Shelli 1 year ago

AMEN!!! I thought I was the only one not upset about college! We leave to deposit my moody son in two days… And the last three weeks have been hell! And this close to the end, it just isn’t worth arguing about. I’ll be the mom doing a happy dance on the way home!

Kristin Stutzman 1 year ago

My best friend does all but wipe her 18 and 15 year olds butts. Drives me up the wall, and honestly makes it hard for me to be around them. Especially since I’ve raised my 4 to be self sufficient. My 8 year old does more for herself than her two put together.

Jolene Horton 1 year ago

Thats what I said when our son graduated. Tho I think we felt it more in the way that we were free from having to deal with his biological mother anymore. No more having to hold back from what we really thought either.

Liz Nelson 1 year ago

My son is leaving for college on Aug 22nd… I couldn’t disagree with this story more…. I am going to miss my firstborn son being at home, in bed or playing video games, in my home, when I go to sleep at night. I kept him somewhat sheltered until high school, then I slowly gave him privileges with proof of responsibility. When he showed me he could practice good time management, I eased up on curfew.. When he started washing his own clothes and cleaning his room without prompting, I gave him spending money before he ever had to ask for it. I’m not the perfect parent, but my kid turned out damn awesome, and he will be greatly missed!

Kristy Edwards 1 year ago

I told my son “Be the change you want to see in the world” when complaining when I asked him to put away clothes. He looked at me and said “No. If there’s gonna be change, I’m not the only one participating.” Then waggled his eyebrows at me. Insolent teenager. :)

Jacqueline DeMuro 1 year ago

Thank you all for reading and for commenting. First, let me just say that this post was meant to be humorous. For those of you who took it seriously, my apologies. I am proud of my daughter and love her very much, but those things I will save for a different post — like the one I will write when I am crying on August 23rd — when we are in the car knowing that she won’t be coming back with us for the first time in 18 years. Humor is how I cope. What can I say? I’m just not that evolved.

Also, I cannot believe, CANNOT BELIEVE, that I spelled Gandhi wrong. For that, I am truly deserving of 50 lashes with a wet towel. Mea culpa.

Erica 1 year ago

All you folks saying she hasn’t prepared her daughter for the real world can just relax. I too have tried to teach my daughter how to be self-sufficient but that doesn’t mean she still doesn’t know where anything is or asks me how to cook something. She’s still a kid even at 17. She still needs to to help prepare her for the real world. She can’t possibly know everything just yet. She does do her laundry however as I refuse.

Christina Edwards 1 year ago

I think a lot of ppl are really taking this article the wrong way and need to seriously lighten up. We ALL have little indulgences we provide for our children even though we know it may not be the right choice. And even though we know this, we still want to vent about it every once and while. Some parents let their kids watch a little too much TV, some spend too much on birthdays/Christmas, some let their kids eat a little too much junk food, some don’t make their children do as much housework as they should. We ALL do this. None of us are perfect parents. So to the ones criticizing her for not teaching her child to do laundry, get over yourselves. It’s not going to kill the girl and certainly doesn’t mean mom is a horrible parent. To the ones saying they worry about the mom and daughter’s relationship – puhlease. I WISH I could have sat down and had a conversation with my mom like she does. I’m sure the author knows her daughter will read this. What a wonderful relationship to know you can laugh (lightheartedly) at and with your mom. My son makes fun of my imperfections and I laugh at some of his. Hypersensitive kids just do not function well as adults. The article was not mean-spirited and was more of a vent for mom’s frustrations. To the ones telling mom to quit whining over a situation she created, get a grip on reality. She’s writing in a light-hearted, satirical style. She’s using humor to make fun of her daughter’s and her own shortcomings LIGHT-HEARTEDLY. Since we have so many dictionary experts commenting, let me define light-hearted: free from care, anxiety, and seriousness. This page provides so many opportunities for us to read about other imperfect parents and be able to LAUGH about it. If you have no sense of humor or think you are such a wonderfully perfect parent that you must criticize others, this may not be the page for you … the unlike button really isn’t that difficult to find.

    Nicole Slaughter 1 year ago

    All i can say is WELL SAID Christina… very well said. i couldn’t have said it better. everyone should have this kind of attitude. I LOVE IT!!! :)

    Christina Edwards 1 year ago

    Thanks :)

    Jackie 1 year ago

    Thank you. I really thought after I wrote this that “Scary Mommy” would be the perfect “audience” for it. I was slightly concerned when I read some of the commenters who called me, among other things, “lazy” and “not funny”, but for those of you who have been kinder, I thank you.

    Amy Quinones 1 year ago

    Great response!

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Jennifer Holcomb 1 year ago

I’m guessing precious little Fagnette must be either “special” or an only child to get away with being so demanding for so long. That shit would not fly in my house.

Sonia 1 year ago

My 9 year old is more capable than this girl. She’s going to be screwed when real life sets in. My daughter is half her age and can feed herself, wash her own laundry, and call to make appointments (on speaker phone with me there to confirm).

Tammy 1 year ago

Wow, I must be way off because before reading the comments I thought it was a pretty amusing article. Guess I wasn’t taking everything literally but more a comment on how teenagers can drive us crazy. Maybe one doesn’t do their own laundry, another leaves dirty socks in the corner of the bathroom and another something else.

Again, my thought about this story was more … see this is the Universe’s way of making it easier for mom’s to send our children to college – it’s easier to let them go when they are driving you nuts for whatever reason that it…of course, that’s only until they actually leave and then we would gladly do their laundry or anything else for them, just to have another hug.

    Jackie 1 year ago

    This is exactly how I meant it to read :) thank you.

Jan 1 year ago

This article is written “tongue in cheek”! Of course she will miss her daughter when she leaves. She sounds like almost every other exasperated mother of a teenager who ‘thinks they are an adult because the’ve graduated from high school and are leaving for college in the fall but still acts like a child’. It can be the hardest summer of all. Love how some people like to stand on their soapbox and cluck. What goes around, comes around. The most dangerous words a mother can ever say are “My child will never…….”!

    Jackie 1 year ago

    “exasperated” is exactly what I was feeling when I wrote this. Thank you for recognizing the “tongue in cheek” nature of the post. If my child was really this helpless I wouldn’t let her leave the house, let alone move 6 hours away to attend college :)

Megan Anne Tepper 1 year ago

I feel bad for this girl’s future roommate. My first college roommate was much like this. Didn’t know how to wash her clothes, so she never did. What minions she procured at the beginning eventually tired of her. She was awful to live with, and began to smell by the end of her first semester.

Monica DeBiase 1 year ago

Fangette! Love this! have a new name for my teen terror!!! ( I just keep saying to myself, it’s hormones, she can’t help it…right…please…).

Shannon Peasha 1 year ago

My 8 year old can do a load of laundry from start to finish. She hasn’t mastered the art if separating colors it checking pockets but she is already light years ahead if this woman child.
I have no sympathy for parents who create their own problems

Kim Kouzan 1 year ago

Oh I completely understand why the author is looking forward to that time, but she is completely enabling her daughter’s behavior. She’s annoyed that she has to do her laundry? Teach her how. She’s annoyed that she has to make her an egg salad sandwich? Tell her to make a pb&j! That’s what I thought was stupid with this article.

Kathleen Fleig 1 year ago

Wait till you have a teenage daughter! My date is August 29! Call it poor parenting if you want. Take a look at how those teenage girls treat their mothers at the high school. It’s scary! They are who they are regardless of all your efforts to make them what you want. You love them to death but can’t stand to be around them at this age! I’ve always said, that “God makes teenage girls miserable so their mothers can handle them moving on!” Hopefully, you will never understand this article but unfortunately most of America does.

Melissa Valdez 1 year ago

Smh, then come around the holidays she’s gonna be wishing her daughter would “bother” her for another egg sandwich.

Janb 1 year ago

I wouldn’t beat up this mom. We get into a groove and it’s hard to break out of that. This kid will go to school where there is a dorm, meals…it’s just college, not a war zone. She will see others doing for themselves and she will either learn to do laundry, pay to get it done or wear dirty clothes.

It may be “the making of Rebecca,” to quote a line from Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

Brenda Self Conner 1 year ago

I felt exactly the same way when my daughter was about to go away to college. Glad to know I’m not the only one. (Mine is 24 now and very capable of taking care of herself, by the way.) All’s well that ends well.

Rachael 1 year ago

That kid has a rude awakening coming…

Jenny 1 year ago

I’m going to sound like a broken record here…But OMG. What a spoiled brat. Don’t complain. You’ve done this to yourself, mama, by doing everything for her. She’s demanding you help her fix a sandwich and help her find a towel? And you do all her laundry and appointment making?! AT EIGHTEEN?! She’ll likely drown in college, unless mommy helps her through it. Because no way is a girl that non self sufficient going to come out as a self sufficient adult in just 4 short years. College isn’t going to fix a problem this big. Should’ve started on that a long time ago, yourself.

Brianne De Leon 1 year ago

My daughter is only 10 so I have not entered the teenage years yet but I already dread her going off to college.

Allison Smith Killins 1 year ago

Wow, I would bet that the vitriol expressed in this article has hit a nerve. I for one am looking forward to the days when my children will leave the nest. I love them immensely, but this is my job, to enable them to fly away and lead their own lives. Perhaps people have enabled their children too much, perhaps that is how they’ve been raised, who is to say. It is good to look to the future…it doesn’t mean that the past hasn’t been full of great memories.

Linde 1 year ago

Stopped reading. Couldn’t relate. My kids don’t do their laundry, or pick up their acne cream at 18? They have dirty clothes and zits. Sorry, this is life.

Mei 1 year ago

Isn’t it spelled Gandhi?

Autumn Marshall 1 year ago

My 13 year old is far more capable than my 15 year old…they have the same parents, standards, expectations… You can only drag a stubborn mule so far. I completely understand the author’s sentiment and sense of humor…

Susan Goodman 1 year ago

Make your daughter helpless and unable to even do her own laundry, then say you can’t wait to get rid of her. If you want capable people, you have to raise them. And for the people repeatedly saying ‘it’s a joke’ that’s your take on it. I find it sad.

Heather Michelle 1 year ago

I love this so much. People look at me crazy when I tell them I can’t wait for my daughter to get her own place! She’s 16 so my release date is still a ways away. I want her to live close, next door even, just not IN my house. She is just naturally an unorganized and messy. It’s just the way she’s wired, I have made every effort to change it since she was 10, it’s not going to happen. I can’t handle it. Our personalities just clash for living together, I’m sure she would say the same. I’m sure she’s tired of me riding her about every little thing. it doesn’t mean we have a bad relationship, I love spending time with her, she’s fun in a way I’m not. I love that about her. We just shouldn’t live together.

    Jackie 1 year ago


Gina MacDougall 1 year ago

That was awesome!!! How do you know MY daughter so well? Haha. Love the minions comment….perfect!!

    Gina MacDougall 1 year ago

    I just read some of the other comments. How sad it is that we parents have to criticize others for what they do or do not do as a parent. Parenting is hard, and fellow parents should be encouraging and supportive. We all have challenges whether by our own design or not. Let’s just be kind to one another and if we don’t agree with something someone else is doing as a parent, just zip it because someday that may be you.

    Jackie 1 year ago


Melissa Krauss 1 year ago

Everyone keeps enforcing that this is satire and a joke and if so amen. The issues this mother brings up are serious though if her 18 year old is really this helpless. I would hope that she is really not counting down the days to get rid of her daughter (because that would just be sad) and that is where the satire comes in. Her daughter is in for a real shock…..but so is mom, she may need to find a hobby to occupy the time she would otherwise be doting on her daughter!

Lisa Weber Castaneda 1 year ago

I remember it well. Could not wait till “they”, aka the enemy, left for college! But alas, there are urgent texts and phone calls at all hours of the day or night. And after only four short years….graduation and moving back home…… Eldest couldn’t wait to get a place of his own so he could keep his room any way he wanted and come and go at any time. Just for the record, I took 3 large black heavy duty trash bags full of pure trash out the day after he moved out and I only asked him not to come home between 2-3am because it woke me up and I get up at 4:30. He now lives with girlfriend who is harder on him about neatness than I ever was! Youngest who just graduated has announced to us she is never moving out again………

Amanda Rae Weinstein 1 year ago

lol. Oh teenagers….
I think some commenters missed that this is supposed to be in fun!

    Christina Edwards 1 year ago

    The ppl criticizing the author just have no sense of humor .. and probably have those super-nervous kids that feel like they have to be perfect all the time. So glad I’m not like them 😉

    Melissa Krauss 1 year ago

    I hope this was in jest but the issues she brings up aren’t funny and I feel bad for both of them if it really is all fact. I love humor and sarcasm spills out of my mouth at every turn so I’m not the hyper protective mom type by the way.

Lee Ann Kuhn Buscemi 1 year ago

The judgment is strong here. I’m a mother of six distinctly different individuals, three of whom are in college. One kid “gets” it and is extremely independent, one is making foolish financial decisions despite her parents attempts at educating her and teaching by example, and the other thinks she knows it all already. Although I have shown tough love, and I don’t reward negative behaviors? Sometimes kids don’t turn out to be the ones we raised. And none of us received the golden book of parenting upon the arrival of our firstborn. It’s too easy to judge this blogger based on one blog. We don’t live in her house? We don’t raise her child. With all due respect.

Tina Powell 1 year ago

Parenting is NOT about picking your battles. Teaching our kids to be self sufficient and not taking advantage of “minions” is what parenting is. You can pick your battles of course but pick the ones to make life smoother (ie clothing/hair style) not ones that make life easier. Parenting is hard work. What is going here is plain lazy parenting.

Stacey Hawley Johnson 1 year ago

FOR THE LOVE!! It’s all a joke!!!!!!!!!!

    Reilly O’Donnell Figenscher 1 year ago

    If it’s a “joke” it’s a really bad and unfunny, not at all comical, one.

Lisa Michelle 1 year ago

:( this article makes me sad for their relationship. I hope her daughter doesn’t read this and realize what an inconvenience she is to her own mother. Picking someone apart even in a “lighthearted” way is just a backhanded way of stabbing them. And it’s all over the internet, which you can’t take back. :/

    Sue Morris 1 year ago

    I had the same reaction..pity and sadness. She likes you to make her sandwiches? You’re her mom..and she’s leaving home in a matter of days. Don’t get it.

    Lisa Michelle 1 year ago

    I agree Sue. Should the mother have taught her more life skills? Sure! And I’m sure having teenagers is an exhausting season in your life, as I’m not there yet with my boys’ ages of 4 months, 6 yrs, and 9 yrs. But to slam her daughter over and over… I was waiting for the switch up where she spoke about the great things about her daughter… Which never came. How about the fact that despite she can’t cook, she wants to be a light in this world and help others?? THAT is the making of a great person.

    CQ 1 year ago

    Some of the followers of this page truly baffle me…the idea behind it, after all, is a lighthearted and humorous approach to life as a parent.

    Lisa Michelle 1 year ago

    Like I said, I was waiting for the punch line… And then there wasn’t one. We all crack up at how crazy parenting is. I just have seen first hand how passive aggressiveness can ruin relationships.

    CQ 1 year ago

    I didn’t think it was all that funny myself. It’s kind of sad, really, that these situations exist… but that’s just my own opinion. I know she was going for ‘laugh with me’, and I have no problem with that. It seems like so many find fault in the ‘harsh humor’ and ‘sarcastic truths’ if they don’t include that “switch up” you mentioned. All I know is that there’s plenty of slapstick slamming and passive aggressive tones in the majority of these articles…and…that being kind of the aim of this page, I just don’t see why those that find themselves disgusted with the material, stick around.

    Lisa Michelle 1 year ago

    I for one, usually love the humor in these posts. This one just struck a nerve. So we can agree to disagree? :)

Shana Cantrell Klinefelter 1 year ago

I be damned if I’m going to be doing laundry for an 18-year-old until the day he leaves for college! Not in this house!

Melissa Morrissey Cortale 1 year ago

I’m fairly certain that no matter how capable or spoiled the child would be rolling her eyes and making smartass remarks toward her mom. I am not looking forward to THAT. But I hope before I complain about what my 18 year old “makes” me do I will just stop doing it. Easy for me to say, of course, because mine are 15 years from that benchmark. But by all means, do whatever it takes to get her out of the house. Life has a way of teaching lessons no matter how much parents try to protect their children from reality.

    Hailey Hughes 1 year ago

    Wow. I read this to my daughter who commented, “I feel sorry for that poor girl – creep mom and she’s stuck with that gosh awful name. Bet she can’t wait til Aug 22nd either.”

Brittany 1 year ago

It’s Gandhi, not Ghandi, for the love of everything.

JanB 1 year ago

I make my kiddos (even my autistic son) do jobs. One cuts the grass, does laundry and vacuums. The one with autism is on KP duty. He clears the table, scrapes the plates, loads the dishwasher. He washes out the sink, cleans the counters and uses the vacuum on the wood floors.

My 10 year old daughter brings up the empty garbage cans (in summer there’s sometimes maggots and they don’t gross her out), she keeps her room clean and she brushes the dog, vacuums the other rooms and feeds/waters the dog and cats. She scoops the litter.

Here’s the thing, kids need a job. Even a little kid can fold a washcloth. Don’t beat yourself up. It’s not too late! Teach her to boil an egg. Show her your way of making egg salad. Show her how the washer works. Tell her she loses her phone or you won’t drive her if she won’t do it. Remove the router from the house. She’ll learn. I promise. :)

I wrote this on Facebook, but felt I should post it here, too.

    Angie 1 year ago

    *slow clap* Good for you.

      Angie 1 year ago

      ^^ Sorry! That was a copy+paste for a friend.

Sara Thompson 1 year ago

Mine left yesterday. I’ve already started the task of cleaning his room. It was so peaceful in the house last night and in a very short time I should have a clean house that stays clean. No more huge piles of laundry (in his defense he does wash his own laundry most of the time) that no one knows if they are clean or dirty. No more spilled popcorn all over every floor from the microwave to his room. I just can’t believe how lucky I am at the moment. I love him and I will miss him but I will only miss the best parts of him that pretty much exist in my mind.

Kelsey Bishop Whited 1 year ago

This article just sounds weird to me, maybe its because I grew up doing my laundry, I know how to boil an egg, etc. If I have a question of course I call my mom for advice, I think that’s fair. Just seems like a mom complaining about her daughter, kinda sad in my opinion.

Tara Simon 1 year ago

Count me as one of those who had a really, really hard time relating to the author. Your daughter talks about changing the world and you bring up chores? I’d roll my eyes too. My daughter’s going off to college next year, and it’s all I can do to hold my tears back sometimes.

    Stacey Hawley Johnson 1 year ago

    It’s a joke!

      Leslie 1 year ago

      It’s not a joke. This is on a blog that specifically details the uglier side of being a mother. The fact that you feel the need to insist that it IS a joke makes me wonder if:

      1) ya little insecure

      Leslie 1 year ago

      1) you’re a little insecure because maybe you recognize some of your own parenting habits in a post that’s being highly criticized for bad parenting


      2) you’re a little ashamed because you feel the same way about your own kids, if you have any


      3) you just don’t know how a joke should sound.

    Tara Simon 1 year ago

    It’s not a particularly funny one.

Betsee Thompson 1 year ago

So glad all the commenators have got it all figured out.

    Jackie 1 year ago


Lisa 1 year ago

Right there with you with my son. Come on 22!

Jan Bowser 1 year ago

Here’s the thing, kids need a job. Even a little kid can fold a washcloth. Don’t beat yourself up. It’s not too late! Teach her to boil an egg. Show her your way of making egg salad. Show her how the washer works. Tell her she loses her phone or you won’t drive her if she won’t do it. Remove the router from the house. She’ll learn. I promise. :)

Beth Hill 1 year ago

Wow. Sounds like they have a sad relationship. It also sounds as if she’s done her daughter and herself an injustice by obviously spoiling the child rotten. Maybe someone should warn all of the “minions” in Vermont to be prepared for the arrival of their master??

Jan Bowser 1 year ago

I make my kiddos (even my autistic son) do jobs. One cuts the grass, does laundry and vacuums. The one with autism is on KP duty. He clears the table, scrapes the plates, loads the dishwasher. He washes out the sink, cleans the counters and uses the vacuum on the wood floors. My 10 year old daughter brings up the empty garbage cans (in summer there’s sometimes maggots and they don’t gross her out), she keeps her room clean and she brushes the dog, vacuums the other rooms and feeds/waters the dog and cats. She scoops the litter. I’m going to hit enter and continue,

    Stacey Hawley Johnson 1 year ago

    Wow!!!!!! Mother of the year.

    Jan Bowser 1 year ago

    I was once an 18 year old mom, who became a 21 year old divorced mother of three. I worked all the time and my kids were often with couch potato babysitters. I didn’t have the ability to be there. Stuff happened. They went off into life less than prepared, other than my oldest, who had always been a do-it-Yourselfer. When I had three kids later in life, I took on a SAHM role. I did a lot for everyone. Finally I got ticked off at them wanting everything done for them and I made them step up to the plate. It was hard. But they managed. I tried to make it fun, but hauling down the trash is never fun. Nor is cutting the grass (which my oldest does). I don’t pay them for work. I tell them that we ALL do jobs. But I also thank them, hug them and when they get mouthy, I take the internet router and lock it in a desk drawer. Bad mommy. (Insert evil laugh here)

Stacy Hebein 1 year ago

My 22 month old helps switch the laundry over. There’s no excuse. I’ve already started teaching my 9 year old to cook because I told him it’s only 9 more years until you’re an adult and you need to know this stuff. My mom never taught me or prepared me for cooking, laundry, budgeting so that’s a priority for me with my children.

Jennifer Klebsch 1 year ago

Is showering and dressing yourself supposed to be an accomplishment by 18? My kid’s done that since he was 4. If he can’t do any of the other stuff mentioned by the time he’s 16, I’ll feel like a failure.

    Stacey Hawley Johnson 1 year ago

    It’s. A. JOKE!!!!!!!! Satire. For. The. LOVE

      Jack 1 year ago

      Stacy: does not understand the meaning of “satire.” Ergo, this article isn’t it.

    Reilly O’Donnell Figenscher 1 year ago

    Please look up the word “satire,” Stacey. This isn’t it.

    Nicole Van Hoose 1 year ago

    People use satire and sarcasm for anything that they think is supposed to be funny. It LITERALLY drives me nuts when people use words incorrectly. *see, that was sarcasm, folks.

      Karen 1 year ago

      Wait, it LITERALLY drives you nuts? Like, you need professional help and medication, and perhaps a stay in a quiet room for a while to recover? Wow. That’s some serious shit. I’ll be careful.

Nicole Van Hoose 1 year ago

I couldn’t even finish reading this one. I hate when people whine about the monster that they created. You don’t want to do your daughters laundry, then STOP. She is 18, she’s going to figure it out, because she is not going to walk around in stinky clothes. She makes you do these things because you will. Just stop.

    Christina Edwards 1 year ago

    You ever heard of sarcasm? Writers use it a lot to make their point. We all use it to make points. And here’s a newsflash for you – if you consider an 18 year old a monster b/c she doesn’t do her own laundry, you seriously need to experience the real world in a larger spectrum. In a world where so many awful things are happening, you choose to waste 5 minutes of your life to criticize someone you’ve never met about an issue that means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things. #ignorant

    Reilly O’Donnell Figenscher 1 year ago

    Christina you’re doing the exact same thing. There are so many awful things happening, yet you choose to waste 5 minutes of your life criticizing someone you’ve never met over an opinion they have on a blog post. Pot, meet kettle.

    Nicole Van Hoose 1 year ago

    Sarcasm, the use of irony to mock or convey contempt. Please, Christina, point to anything ironic in the article. I don’t think that word means what you think it means.
    I’m sorry if you have never heard of the phrase “created a monster.” It does not mean an actual monster or even being monster like. Have a good day, Pot, or Kettle, which ever you prefer! LMAO :)

    Christina Edwards 1 year ago

    Perhaps a little explanation of my small world would help you understand why I get irritated when I see ppl making judgments of others without knowing details. I have a teenager. I do every single bit of his laundry, every single week. You might not agree with that, and that’s fine. But when you learn that my teenager is earning all A’s in all AP classes, will go into college as a sophomore, has a part-time job, does other chores around the house, changes the oil in my car, and various other things that make my life easier, you might think he’s got a pretty good head on his shoulders. Those things aren’t my favorite things about my son though. He is an AWESOME person; he volunteers twice a week at a nursing home (his idea entirely), he donates regularly to both a homeless shelter and veterans association, he opens doors and has excellent manners. So now that you know more FACTS about how I’ve raised my AWESOME son, are you going to judge me and say my son is a “monster” because I do his laundry? Really? The point is simple – it’s so very easy to judge a mom based on a few tidbits of information you have. When you learn the entire story though, you may change your opinion. And I will continue to do my “monster’s” laundry. 😉

    Nicole Van Hoose 1 year ago

    If you are happy with your arrangement, that’s great. This mother is complaining… publicly…about her daughter for a situation that the mother has created. She has created the monster is a common idiom, it does not that her daughter is a monster. My issue is with her complaining about her daughter’s behavior, whatever the behavior is, that the mother has allowed. It is an easy fix, but the mother would rather complain about it and publicly out her daughter.

    Amy Busby Edwards 1 year ago

    Good grief, people. Move along now

    Desiree Crocker 1 year ago

    If this author is so proud of her awesome daughter, then maybe the author shouldn’t make it seem like her kids is so clueless and lazy. The author gives the reader that impression and assumption…not vise versa. I know if my child were responsible for most things in their life, but lacked a few key areas of responsibility I wouldn’t write a blog post about how lazy my child is.

    Nicole Van Hoose 1 year ago

    Yet, you took the time to read and reply, Amy. If we get many more pots in this conversation, we may need a bigger kitchen.

    CQ 1 year ago

    I didn’t really find humor in this blog. I get that she was going for the light and funny side of things. But really I just pity her situation; one that she created for herself. That makes it hard for me to laugh with her after the fact. 😉

Kate Gold 1 year ago

Parenting is about picking your battles. But hey, if judging the author comes easier, sure, go with that.

    Christine 1 year ago

    Agreed! Maybe the focus was on other things…it sounds like her daughter has a good understanding of money and how it works, and that’s tough to teach. I was much more amused by the teenage mind and how the correlation between “saving the world” and “doing your part” didn’t quite match up. Oh, teenagers.

Dawn Panka Knights 1 year ago

Finally someone says what, if everyone was truthful, every parent eventually thinks!

Sharmane Trejo 1 year ago

Doing a capable eighteen year old’s laundry ALL the time? Oh no no no.

Rosalinde 1 year ago

Lucky you, my daughter’s going to a local college … I am not as thrilled as you about August 22n … or in my case Sept 2nd … because I’ll still have to do it all … she doesn’t even know her own password to her college email yet! I’ve set it up … sigh … in her defense though, she does her own laundry … only for the clean stuff to end up on her floor next to her dirty stuff so I’m sure she’s washing the clean stuff all over again … sigh …

    ah 1 year ago

    Good luck ladies!!! I sent a perfectly great child to college LAST year and let me tell you this summer has been one from hell! Apparently you want to be treated like an adult and keep your own hours without having to do something as pedestrian as get a job or help with the household chores. All you are doing is counting the days till you can go back to college. Well you and me both child!!!! What they don’t seem to get is how disruptive they are to our lives!! Sorry to say toots but my household ran pretty freaking smooth without ya!! So here we are going our separate ways again. I love her and will miss her but it will take a few weeks….

      B 1 year ago

      When I went away to college, my mother immediately disassembled my bedroom. She either threw away all my belongings that I didn’t take to college or moved them into the attic for me to discover after they die. My little sister moved into my bedroom and her old room was turned into a guest bedroom. So, when I came home, I came home as a “guest.” Yes, it hurt a little but it was very clear to me that I was no longer her “child” who could depend on her to solve all my problems. I was considered an adult. On the other hand, in my few months away, I had gained experience worrying about friends and roommates who failed to return when they said they would. I was mature enough not to leave my mother waiting up for me in worry past midnight (my pre-existing curfew leftover from high school). Probably needless to say, I made sure to never ever have to “go back home” again. That was at Christmas. The following April/May, I moved out of the dorms into “my own place.” That was over ten years ago. I am now the married mother of two sons. My husband and I make it on our own. No, we don’t own nice cars and we rent or home, unlike many of our friends. But do you know what we do do? We pay for it ALL on our own. We manage childcare on our own. My friends who have nice cars? Mommy or Daddy bought it for them. My friends who own a home? Daddy bought it or mommy watches the kids for free, saving them hundreds every month. My friends with great jobs who flunked out of college? They still work for dad. I’m not saying every parent should cold shoulder their kids out like mine did but if you don’t ever cut the cord, you may still find yourself supporting your adult children instead of investing in your retirement.

Brittany Michelle Weisinger 1 year ago

Why would you not try and prepare your adult child for the real world by making her boil an egg herself? This is an insane article abou a problem she created herself

    Wendy L. Peterson 1 year ago

    Get a grip, you’re awfully judgmental. I am sure you are a perfect mother of perfect children, aren’t you? Besides that, it was a humorous article.

Beth Coffey 1 year ago

The author is choosing to do all those things for her. If she doesn’t want to be doing them, just don’t.


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