for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction
The laws of physics apply to more than just physics. Witness:
I'm at work. Natalie calls, tells me about her day. We talk a bit. Her friend is asking her a question about a video game, she relates question to me and I give her the correct answer.
Mom, you are so cool.
My eleven year old daughter called me cool. Is there a higher form of praise than that? It's what every mother dreams of, next to hearing that first utterance of ma-ma and the later cooing of I love you at early ages. My daughter thinks I'm cool. I glow.
I'm home. DJ is trying to manipulate his way out of the punishment served on him this morning for being just a bit too surly and forgetting where he put his recorder. Again. No video games, no computer. Homework and bed. I'm just trying to instill a sense of responsibility, and the whole "consequences for your actions" thing.
One video game. Just five minutes with Tekken. Pleaassseee.
I swear I won't talk back to you anymore. I'm so so so so sorry. Pleeaaaaaase?
God,you are SO mean. You are the meanest mother in the world. I hate this house!
I may have pouted. I may have scowled. I don't know, I was too busy being knocked down from my mom pedestal to notice.
I love you: action
Meanest mother in the world: opposite reaction
See? There's your physics lesson for the day.