When said in a flat monotone or a sarcastic sneer and accompanied by a fierce eye roll, it sends me over the edge. I can handle attitude and whininess and even a bit of profanity sprinkled in, but that “whatever” is like nails on a chalkboard.
My 8-year-old girl “whatevered” me for the first time today as I was trying to explain something to her while she was engaged in a game on her iPad. Uh-uh. Nope. Not happening. I snatched that device from her and made sure she knew that was unacceptable in this house. I explained to her that it is very disrespectful to the person that is speaking to her. It implies that what the person is saying is so very unimportant. I am not sure I made an impact.
I knew this day was coming. Since her birth, she has been a force of nature. When my 13-year-old son “whatevered” me for the first time, I had the same reaction and I am not sure I have heard him utter it since. But with my daughter, I fear it is just the beginning of sighs, eye rolls, slammed doors and sarcastic whatevers. I can almost hear my mother laughing from the great beyond.
What does your kid do or say that gets your blood boiling?