This day has not started off good. First of all I've been having trouble staying asleep so I woke up several times throughout the night. Then difficult child 2 decides to wake up early at 4:00 a.m. to do homework that he chose not to finish at daycare. He turned on all the lights in the house to do it. difficult child 1 woke up and started cussing at him to turn the lights off so she could sleep. Both difficult children started arguing. I got on difficult child 2's case about not finishing the work in daycare like he's supposed to. He told me he didn't "feel like it " at the time so he's doing it now. Told me he needs to finish it all or he will get a zero if he misses even one problem. Apparently the math teacher is very strict and doesn't accept late or incomplete work. Math is difficult child's best subject. He is getting an A +. He wants to make it stay that way. So if he's so worried about the grade, why not do it after school like he's supposed to? Ugh. So of course by this time I can't get back to sleep. Normally I wake up at 5:45 each morning and by the time the alarm went off I was already up for a good two hours anyway. Then I hop in the shower and I hear difficult child's start to fight again. I hear difficult child 1 swearing and using the f word. By the time I get out thankfully they've stopped. Then my mom calls at 6:00. MInd you she's retired and likes to sleep in, so when she gets up extra early on purpose it's not good. First thing she says to me when she gets on the phone is, "You're not sleeping well. Be honest with me cause I know for a fact that you aren't." Well last night I posted on facebook that I was having a hard time sleeping lately and was hoping I would get better rest that evening. My brother, my niece, and my sister in law are all friends with me. One of them blabbed about my not sleeping to my mom. This is not the first time this has happened. I've posted statuses in the past and had other family members tell on me to my mom. Stuff that I didn't mind my friends knowing, but stuff I have purposely not told my mom because I didn't want her to know. My family members are facebook spies. They never post statuses of their own, they don't comment on any statuses, and they don't like anything. But they do repeat every little thing someone has said and report it directly to my mom. I did not want my mom to know I haven't been sleeping. She stresses out over every little thing that goes wrong with me then I never hear the end of it. So I tell her this morning that yes, I am sleeping, but I awake several times a night and go right back to sleep (only a half truth, usually I stay awake for an hour at least.) Then she asks me if difficult child 1 washed her hair last night like she asked her to. My mom picked her up yesterday afternoon to take her to the chiropractor and noticed her hair was oily (again.) She made difficult child promise to wash her hair when she got home. difficult child asked me when she got home if she could do it after her TV shows were over at 8. I said okay as long as she promised to do it then. Well I'm in the bedroom watching TV till 8. I then go into the living room to tell her to get in the bath and wash her hair. I find her fast asleep on the living room floor in front of the air conditioner with it turned up full blast. I attempt to wake her but she is sleeping hard. So she skipped washing her hair and putting on her face cream. I couldn't lie to my mom so I had to tell her that I tried to make her wash her hair and do her face and she was already asleep. My mom layed into me, telling me I can't take care of the kids properly and I'm not making sure they do what they're supposed to. I finally told her I had enough, I was trying to get the kids off to school and get to work on time and she was gonna make me late. She agreed to get off the phone, but not before she told me how anxiety ridden she was all night long stressing out over me and the kids, and how she didn't sleep last night. So another guilt trip. I can't take care of the kids how she wants me to so now she is filled with anxiety and worry. I really wish she would lay OFF! I feel like a crummy parent as it is, having two difficult child kids, and she's just making me feel worse. I really need to go to therapy and talk about how to brush her off and not let her get to me so damn much. Then as we're walking out the door difficult child 1 forgets her cell phone. I open it back up again to let her get it, and our difficult child kitty runs out and hides under some bushes. I want her to be a strictly indoor cat but she is bound and determined to sneak outside any time she can. We spent ten minutes chasing her. I finally grabbed hold of her and off to school and work we went. I ended up being late for work. I can't stand being late. Nobody noticed but I still pride myself on getting to work on time every day. Oh well, at least the kids are dropped off and I can relax at work for a few hours before I go home and stress again. Tonight is laundry night. Yuck! Anyway, happy Wednesday. Ugh!