Conversations with a Moody Teenager

So my daughter is about halfway through her 13th year. Things had been going remarkably well with her, all things considered — too well I now realize, lulling me into thinking that my little Drama Girl was not going to be a, well, Teenage Drama Girl.

Oh, sure, every time I ask her a question she replies with the same bored /mymomisadope / shrug-of-her-shoulders answer: “I don’t know”. I don’t like it, but I was starting to think maybe that was as bad as it/she would get. I was wrong.

Case Study: A Recent Phone Call After School

Me:  “How was school today? I mean, what was your favorite part of your day…I mean, [damn it, why can’t I think of an open-ended question?!] tell me about your day at school.” [Ha!]

Her:  “I don’t know.”

Me:  “What do you mean, ‘I don’t know’?”

Her:  “I mean, ‘I don’t know’.”

Me:  [clenching jaw] “Okaaaay. Do you have homework tonight?” [Of course she has homework. She always has homework.]

Her:  “I don’t know.”

Me: “It’s a yes or no question.”

Her:  [silence] “Mmm, well, I don’t knowww…”


Her:What. Ever.”

And, that, my friends, was the end of our phone call. 



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