Dear Mouthy Housewives,
As the teenage daughter of what I’d like to describe as one hell of an overbearing mother, I have a question. Is there any surefire way to calm down an angry mother? My problem is simple: my mother gets mad and stays mad at me for things that are often as simple as me putting my jacket on the back of my seat as opposed to hanging it on a coat rack.
Is there any honest-to-god way to placate my mother? Because I’ve noticed that reminding her that “Hey, at least I’m not a druggie” and “We’re all going to die someday, what’s the big deal?” do NOT work at all.
Too Much Mama Drama
Dear Mama Drama,
You know why your mom is so damn bat crazy mad? Because she has been telling you to hang up your jacket for ten years. Ten years. And she’s had it. JUST HANG UP THE JACKET FOR GOSH SAKES!!!!! THE HOOK IS RIGHT THERE!!!
And she’s probably stressed out about other stuff like her crap boss, bills, her allergies and that faucet upstairs that won’t stop leaking even though the plumber has come three god damn times. And some of this anger gets misdirected at you. Just this morning, I spent 20 minutes yelling at my husband about the way he brews coffee when I was really upset about my daughters having separation anxiety on the first day of camp.
I suggest the following….
1. Hang up your coat. We’ll all wait while you go do it now. See, doesn’t it look nice on the rack instead of thrown over that chair? I don’t know about you but I feel better already.
2. During a calm time, talk to your mother about your feelings. Say that you are trying your hardest to please her but you feel like she is mad at you all the time. Just talking about things can make all the difference. (And no you can not substitute texting, emailing or Skyping for talking.) Try to figure out ways the two of you can communicate and coexist better together.
3. Whenever you can, be nice to your mom. Tell her about your day. Keep eyeball rolling to a minimum. Try not to groan when she asks you do something. Bring home her favorite chocolate malt balls. Tell her you love her. All of these things will hopefully make your mom feel warm and fuzzy. And a lot less mad.