Kids these days are super manipulative. With access to online social media platforms, the internet and the newspapers, my 12-year old knows more than I do sometimes. After all, she has more free time on hand to read during her leisure time whereas my free time is like just ten minutes a day – when I sit on the throne. And this is also with the littlest one inside the same bathroom as me, to chat with me while she showers!
Anyway, I want to tell you how manipulative my 12-year old is each time I reprimand her for not putting enough time and effort to study. With information that she absorbs from the newspapers and internet, she knows what kids are up to these days. Each time I chide her off, she will say this to me… “mummy, if you want me to study so hard, later I will go crazy and depressed. And then I will jump off a building!” This is definitely a case of a child verbally holding her parent’s mind ransom! This makes me want to retort and say “go jump off right now!” Of course I did not say this, so as not to make myself so childish and to really challenge a tween with raging hormones to really do it. This girl is pretty reticent but when she talks, she can be really good with her words and sometimes corners me. If you hear such words coming out from the mouth of your tween, what would you do and say?
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