20 minutes. That's all I want. 20 minutes of solitude. 20 minutes of quiet. Can I have an "AMEN"?
We came home from work/school yesterday and I asked The Girl to see her homework. She brought home a C on her report card. She has never done that before. She has always been a straight A student; however, she has been getting careless and her grades are slipping...BIG time. We now require her to have her planner signed daily (by us and her teachers) and we check her homework.
Yesterday, she had to redo most of it. This is her problem. She rushes through her work and is careless. The result is a massive tantrum when she is told she must redo it correctly. It kills me because we spent almost an HOUR redoing work that, if she had taken her time in the first place, would have taken only about 20 - 30 minutes. Even if she'd been careless and had to redo it all (like she did), she'd have been done in an additional 15 - 20 minutes and not an hour.
Then, I asked her to please leave me alone for 20 minutes so I could decompress. No. That, apparently, was out of the question. I was attempting to work in my office. I had to shut the door. After a mere 3 minutes, The Girl plopped herself outside the door and had a fit because she was bored and I was not entertaining her.
Oh. My. God.
Of course, the longer it lasted, the more I needed to be alone. Had I opened the door, I'd have killed her for sure, and since the police frown upon that sort of activity, I had to wait her out. Finally she came to her senses, but boy howdy, what a long afternoon it was!!