Parent goading is a surprisingly entertaining if somewhat exhausting hobby.
I spent all afternoon winding my mother up, who cannot leave me or my room alone.
“It’s MY house why should I have to put up with a messy room blah blah?”
“But then why did you even have kids? Why didn’t you just put me up for adoption??”
and so on
She also missed her afternoon nap in the process more reason to be supremely cranky. Then I found the kitten again and placed it on the sofa.
When my mother is wound up anyone in her path gets the brunt of her nagging.
So of course, my irritating her was then deflected on my poor dad (who had done nothing and said nothing)
“You agree with her don’t you?? She’s YOUR child, NO no don’t try and kiss me I know you just love living in a mess!”
(I’m suddenly HIS child)
Anyway now she’s so wound up anything causes her to throw a tantrum.
She asked me if I would be in the living room to babysit the cats or whatever she wanted babysitting and I said I might go for a bath and she suddenly went
“FINE fine then!! I guess I just wont go out now!!”
So I had to back down and yell at her that I wouldn’t bathe and then quickly distract her by talking about the cat.