Kid – mom, I am supposed to edit a paper for my friend, and she is supposed to edit for me
Me – that’s nice to help each other out
Kid – but today I have a driving lesson and I work at 5:00, and then I am going to a birthday party / sleep over
Me – I didn’t know you were going to sleep over, you have to tell me these things
Kid – I told dad
Me – you know that doesn’t count because dad forgets to tell me and he doesn’t think about all the other things going on for the week-end
Kid – ok…so are you saying I can’t go to the party?
Me – no, you can go…we just need to work out the details for the rides and stuff
Kid – ok, so mom, I am supposed to edit the paper for my friend and I won’t have time…will you do it for me?
Me – hmmmmm…….I’ll edit her paper and she will edit yours and then I am done…?
Kid – well, after she edits mine, I’ll still want you to edit it…you are so good, and I always like when you help me
Me – (silence)
Kid – mom?
Me – well, I get it that you are busy, but you have an hour right now so why can’t you at least get it started
Kid – mom, I have a sinus headache and I was going to lay down and try to get rid of it before I go for my driving lesson
Me – ok, get me the paper and I’ll do the editing
What do you think? Have I been had?