I was going over to watch Kali this afternoon, as usual, and her sisters (the three year old twins, Laura and Danielle) were going to be awake for a good chunk of it. A few hours before my arrival, their mom texted me: "FYI Laura is being an emotional a-hole today."
That phrasing is pretty common: she loves her kids, but recognizes that they can be a pain in the rear. She doesn't call them that to their faces, but she has no hesitations about saying it to me or their father.
I love it. Sure, it may not be the most proper thing, but it can be so refreshing just to hear a mother admit that, yes, her kid was acting like a piece of shit. And boy was she today. That child. Grr.