Roland comes off as a domineering parent sometimes. Jenna absolutely hates it when she is told to comb her hair or wear a coat or dress nicely or what have you. The more he makes suggestions or "harps" on the subject, the more rebellious she is about it.
I will admit that I am not as observant. For three and a half years I have tried fixing her hair and seeing it wreck before we get to school. I stopped fighting. Richard has only begun. Although he has been a teenager, he's never been a girl. We have hormones. There seem to be chemical imbalance just before that time of the month. Let it go.
The rain in Oregon is different from rain in Utah. Desert rain is wet. It soaks you. Oregon rain - even when it falls hard - feels more like a mist. It hasn't soaked me the way Utah rain has. We purchased a coat for Jenna. Cute coat, but she refuses to wear it. She doesn't like being told what to do and what not to do. I've been there. I get it. I've told Roland that he needs to back off as she is rebelling and an accessory in her hair or a warm jacket has to be her idea, and if he's always harping, she is never going to come up with the idea on her own. In fact, she'll do the opposite.
Her zipper's broken (that child is HARD on zippers. I don't know what she does, but she has not owned a coat or backpack yet in which the zipper hasn't broken) and because it was raining outside, Roland threw a rain poncho over whatever she was wearing. She was crying and claimed she looked like a condom. I've never heard anyone compare themselves to a condom before, and started laughing - which brought even more tears to her eyes. That's silly.
I noticed that Jenna removed the poncho between the driveway and the street. She stuffed in near the bushes. I know she will learn if Roland will just back off and give her some breathing room. I think he's overcompensating - not having had the opportunity to raise his oldest two girls and being gone so much from knowing the boys - although I recall his harping on them too.
We learn at our own pace. We're not all equal. I think Roland needs to realize we're not all him.