O is for…


It’s the only thing it can be for when you have anything from a toddler to a tween and even beyond.

Bad tempered.

If that doesn’t describe terrible twos, threenagers, fournados, tweens, and teens and every other label and nickname we’ve given our offspring. What is up with that temper? Growing up I was so mellow and even tempered. I was easy to please. My offspring?

They’re ornery.

One of these days I’m going to jot down every time they’re ornery. What are they cranking about now? Time to turn the electronics off. Time for bed. Time for school. Time to clean. They’re hungry. Can’t find the right lego piece. The bike ride sucks because there’s an uphill. A brother is taking too long pooping. This was just this week and it’s only Tuesday.

We all know our wee ones can become ornery over the most mundane things. Wrong color sippy cup, not enough chocolate chips in the pancake, can’t find the socks they want, to name a few. Teens might lose it if there is no wifi, no charger, or “too much” homework. I’m sure there are others which I’ll learn about later. Feel free to warn me now what I should look out for later.

If you’re feeling ornery, just look up some parenting memes. You’ll find that you’re not alone. Others understand and they’ve created some truthfully, hilarious stuff. Funnier than a toddler trying to explain why there’s a slice of cheese in the DVD player…



6 thoughts on “O is for…

  1. One time when I was little, I took the plastic hoe from my gardening set, snuck up behind my mom, lifted it as high as I could, and brought it down crack on her head. But I don’t think I did it because I was being ornery. I think I just wanted to see what would happen.

    Spanking happened. And lots of yelling.


  2. Bwahahahaha! Ornery sums it up.
    I’m like you, I don’t remember having a temper like this. Of course it may have been that giving my dad attitude was simply inconceivable.


  3. My husband got to deal with all the orneriness tonight getting the kids ready for bed. BG did not want to get ready and tried to bite him on the head when he attempted to brush her teeth. Biting on the head has got to be leveling up, just in the worst kind of way.


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