My brain hurts. I hear, "Mom. . . .Mom. . . .Mom" at least 89 billion times each day. Even if a child is in the room with me and we're carrying on a conversation, he or she still feels the need to say, "Mom," as if they need to get my attention for each and every statement. Sometimes I just want to yell, "Just say what you want to say already!!!" But I usually restrain myself because I have to remind myself that communication with my children is a good thing. I'm not sure you'd call what happens with my 4-year-old "communication", though. He never stops talking until his head hits the pillow, and even then, sometimes he talks in his sleep. And he has to have a response to everything. If I don't say anything after he quips, "Hey, Mom, the cat didn't scratch me when I pulled her tail this time!", he will then say, "Mom, answer me!" Umm, "OK." That's good enough for him. He just wants to know I'm listening to him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
My brain hurts.