Last night my teenage son who is always "accidently" hitting one of the younger kids in the house "accidently" hit one of the younger kids in the house. So in general mom fashion I entered the living room where the offense took place and told my son, "Michael" that he would have to spend the rest of the evening in his room.
Well, he is at that stage where he realizes he is now big as me and could probably take me should it come to that so he is testing his boundaries with me. After I told him to go to his room he took his sweet time getting there. I decided maybe he needed an escort so without touching him I entered his personal space and stated "lets go". As we walked together to his room, a journey that generally takes 10 seconds, took about 10 minutes as he slowly walked at a snails pace to show his ass.
Although completly pissed, I stayed calm realizing that he was attempting to push my buttons. About 5 minutes into the slow paced journey to his room I decided enough was enough so I had him relinquish his ITouch (this is usually equilevelant to the death penalty for him) But for some odd reason he started smarting off. So I suggested to him maybe he shut his mouth. He declined so I removed the XBox 360 from his room. As I detached the dreadful machine he attempted to snatch it from me. OH NO HE DIDN'T!!! So I politely(kinda) suggested he remove his hands from the game system less I get a hammer and smash it to pieces. He did. But continued to run his mouth. Wow!
I then removed his TV. He said "You wanna take this into the hall?" I turned around thinking maybe his brother was standing behind me and he was talking to him. Nope just me. WTF did this boy just challenge me to a fight?!2?/@! As I stared at him in shock, he informed me "that he was a man now and if I wanted to do something about it he was up for the challenge" So I kindly obliged.
I left the room and returned with a belt. Now I hope not to stir up too much controversy with the whole belt/spanking thing but F**K it. Let me say I am generally against spanking and always try to use alternatives when disciplining my kids but this boy did just challenge me to a fight and that was WAY OUTTA LINE and I will not be on the Maury show next season crying that my 15 year old beats my ass. So I did what any other level headed mom would do " I beat his ass. But the shocking part was he didn't even cry! He just took it like a man. I dumbfounded went back to my bedroom to absorb all that had happened. I still am at a loss. My son although sometimes can be testy has never really acted this way. I have always made it clear who the boss was and what my expectations were.
So begins my teenage hell. Stay tuned I have a feeling this is just the beginning.