My daughter keeps telling me that I am a OCD mom because I continually get on her about organizing and keeping her room clean and straightened. She leaves things lying around and I want her to put it in its right place so she doesn’t lose it. She tells me ” just because it’s not done when you want it or the way you want it doesn’t mean it wont get done.” Well, I am trying to teach her to respect her things, be responsible and to do things the right way not just doing it. I am trying to teach her that when you get out in the real world, you wont be able to get away with this.
Olivia also has assigned daily chores, which of course I get on her if it’s not done by a particular time because history has shown that if she doesn’t do her chores by a specific time, it wont get done at all!
I understand she is a teen and I should expect this behavior, but I will not encourage it by not saying anything when she falls short of her responsibilities and her parents expectations.
Why does everything we ask our teens to do have to be a battle?? I tell Olivia, “You know what’s expected of you, do it and I wont have to be “OCD” with you.”
I take offense when she says I am OCD because she says it like it’s a bad thing!Shouldn’t she be proud to have a mom that cares about raising her responsibly? I am sure she should, but she’s 14 and let’s be realistic.. she could care less!!
I am so hoping that someday when she is much older she will thank me for being “OCD” and getting on her for things.
So I ask you, am I being OCD or just being a mom? How do you handle it?