I am not incredibly concerned with your happiness. I AM concerned with teaching you to be grateful for what you have. I AM concerned that you learn to be content with what you have. I AM concerned with teaching you to work, to serve and love and be grateful.
Now cease and desist with whining about your friends that have iPods, Iphones, xBoxes, the fact that your friends don't have as many chores as you do and they get to do whatever they want whenever they want.
Look at what you have. Be grateful. That includes a 2 year old sister that thinks you are the best thing in the entire world, a 5 year old sister that puts YOUR dirty laundry in the hamper, a 6 year old brother that lets you hang him upside down and tickle him until he is purple in the face, a 9 year old brother that finds all the sweets in the house and normally shares, a 13 year old brother that will read books to you and a 14 year old brother that is learning to wash your dishes. It also includes a mom that has been at home for 15 years and a dad that is incredibly patient.
We have a warm house, wool socks and chocolate chip cookies. Be grateful. Be content. Remember, your happiness I'm not so worried about. It is fleeting.
Remember my goal is not please you. I want to shape you into what Heavenly Father wants you to become. And you just cannot see what you are supposed to be through your selfish, sullen, sarcastic, smart-*$% point of view.
And never, ever again say that the work your mother does around this home is worthless again.
AKA-the one who didn't harm you for saying what you did this morning but walked away and cried