This Parenting Business… One of those mornings!
This too shall pass… For the past few week, this is what I say to myself every morning when my daughter wakes up in one of her moods…
Waking up with this ‘mood’ means it’s going to be a long and stressful morning.
This morning was no exception and I thought we were going to miss the bus, which would have a domino effect…
But I know this phase too shall pass… Or so I keep telling myself.
As much as I know this will pass, I do need to think about alternative solutions and ideas to avoid these moods.
To be fair, Aj doesn’t ‘wake up with a mood’, something just happens almost immediately she wakes up which triggers the mood. Today, it was the fact that I woke her up and tried to get her dressed first without having breakfast (OMG!!), even though I told her we would have breakfast after getting dressed (this was me trying something different, partly because I knew we were running late that morning – yes, I’m guilty of waking up late too). So this got her upset and she started complaining and dragging her feet and essentially not wanting to get dressed.
Now if you know my daughter, she’s very strong-willed, and so am I (hubby says I have too many rules around the kids, that’s another story). She didn’t want to get dressed, and I was looking at the time thinking, oh no, we’re running late, so I tried to rush her and she got even more upset and started crying (crocodile tears I tell you!).
In the end, daddy had to step in and we compromised – she had a bit of her breakfast before getting dressed and the rest after getting dressed. That sort of did the trick!
We technically missed our usual bus stop but we caught the school bus at the second stop which isn’t too far from the 1st one, so it wasn’t too bad, and I still get into work not too late, thank God!
You would think that after over 4 years I’d know how to handle my daughter but it’s days like this that make me realise I still have a very long way to go in this parenting business. You think you have a decent routine in place and they just have to switch it up to keep you on your toes!
I look at Junior every day and I ask God, please make him calmer than his sister and give me the strength to handle both of them the right way…
But do you know what made it all better in the end? When we were in the car and she said ‘Sorry for stressing you mummy…’, now that made me smile inside and made the whole day seem so much brighter and better! I’m a sucker for positive words…
Anyone else care to share their kid’s drama stories as well, or is it just be? 🙂
Enjoy the rest of your week! And thanks for stopping by… appreciate you guys!