Spending the New Year At Home

Spending the New Year At Home

"I guess this is just the growing pains of a tween and the strain it puts on her relationship with her mother."

It’s the New Years Eve and one of the things I absolutely hate about being a parent is in order for me to go out and party, I have to hire a babysitter. Do you know how hard it is to find a babysitter for New Year's Eve?  I've been looking for weeks and still can't find anyone who is not planning on partying themselves so they can watch my child.  I guess this is another year where I will be sitting at home, watching some kiddie movies eating, popcorn and drinking grape juice to ring in midnight.

This makes me feel older beyond my years. I am only 29 years old and my daughter who is 11 loves it. She says I'm boring and I never go out, but what she seems to ignore is the fact that I will not leave her unattended anywhere especially at home.  She is in the phase where she knows everything and you can't tell her anything.  Now that she has received her phone with the mp3 player for Christmas, she all of a sudden can't hear either.

I hope that since we are spending the last day of the year together, that we can start 2012 fresh. By fresh I mean a complete check on her attitudes and mood swings. Maybe a bit more resemblance to the child I know I have raised, instead of the stranger I seem to see more and more of everyday. I guess this is just the growing pains of a tween and the strain it puts on her relationship with her mother.