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'It's a memo from our parent company. They remind us to pay attention, quit slouching, take our elbows off the table and to act our age, if it's not too much to ask!'
"I'm turning into my mother."
"You've got to understand, in my family Dad was the poodle and Mom was the pit bull."
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"We've given it a great deal of thought and we decided we're going to give in to everything you want at all times."
Tags:tantrum, tantrums, tantrum throwing, tantrum thrower, tantrum throwers, kid, kids, childhood, childhoods, bossy, bossiness, childhood, child raising, child rearing, child-raising, child-rearing, parent, parents, parenthood, parenting, discipline, power dynamic, power dynamics, family dynamic, family dynamics
"It's amazing how well we all get along, considering we're all related."
Tags:family dynamic, family dynamics, dysfunctional relationship, dysfunctional relationships, ant, ants, colony, colonies, ant colony, ant colonies, anthill, anthills, bug, bugs, insect, insects, relation, relations, extended family, extended families, sibling, siblings, sibling rivalry, sibling rivalries, entomologist, entomologists, entomology
"If men are from Mars and women are from Venus dogs must be from Pluto."
"I'm an only child...unless you count my dad."
"I only asked him to tidy his room."
Tags:pension, pensions, pensioner, pensioners, pension fund, pension funds, retirement fund, retirement funds, retirement plan, retirement plans, retirement, retirements, pensioner, pensioners, senior citizen, senior citizens, oap, oaps, family dynamic, family dynamics, father, fathers, son, sons, role reversal, role reversals
'Christmas is a time for thinking about family...and I've been thinking that all my family are complete bastards.'
'You have great talks everyday??'
"And there's when I was 10, and they caught me shoplifting. Man, I didn't know you kept everything bottled up like that."
"His family makes my family seem like a family."
"And they wonder where feminists come from!"
"My dad also has a wireless controller. It's called mom."
"Henry! Admit it, you're lost."
"...and later the relatives will come over and the house will smell like cooking and stress hormones."
"Last week my dad sent me two messages asking how I was, so I accused him of being a control freak. This week he hasn't texted me at all...why is he neglecting me?!"
Tags:family life, family-life, grown up kids, grown-up kids, grown-up child, grown up child, grown-up children, grown up children, family dynamic, family dynamics, control freak, control freaks, dad, dads, helicopter parents, overprotective parents, text, texts, texting, text message, text messages, family life
"Is your mother-in-law still living with you?"
'Sour grapes AGAIN?'
When Grandma's on your side....
'Watch it, I'll give you a broken nose.'
Explains the unreturned phone calls.
"My grandma is my unpaid lobbyist when I need to get my way with my parents."
Tags:grandma, lobbyists, lobby, lobbying, kid, kids, toddler, family life, family dynamic, family dynamics, family-life, lobbyist, little kids, toddlers, brats, unpaid lobbyist, kid getting into trouble, grandparents, parents, off the hook for bad behavior, bad behavior, backup plan, families, not to worry, no repercussions
"It isn't easy being a mother. If it was, a father would do it."
Tags:kid, kids, child, child rearing, child-rearing, child, mom, moms, mum, mums, mummy, mummies, mother, mothers, motherhood, dad, dads, father, fathers, fatherhood, parenting, parenthood, parenting skill, parenting skills, family life, family-life, childcare, child care, child-care, responsibility, responsibilities, gender politics, family dynamics