Gosh,the mornings are a rush. No matter how I change our routine – get Amber ready first or myself – it is almost always a power struggle! And she is only 2! What is it going to be like when she is 14?! She will not wear the first two outfits I pull out and she hates skirts. Some mornings I’m not allowed to brush her hair or make a pony, or help her brush her teeth. Sound familiar?
So, I gave up. If she does not want to wear that cute skirt but instead the miss match outfit or her sleep gown and slippers, with un-brushed hair, then so be it. That’s how she goes to school. At least there is less fighting and more smiles, I’m willing to compromise.
What I do not compromise on, is safety. And she is learning that quickly. A good suggestion made to me is that when I mean business, lower my tone of voice and be firm. And don’t ask “please” or try negotiate.
So, for 3 days she did not want to get out of the car for school and ran away from me from one door to the other. The teachers had to come help me get her out! The 4th day I put my foot down, lowered my voice and tuned her straight. And what did she do? She climbed out with a grin (not a smile, a GRIN) and said “ok mommy” and walked to the gate. Ever felt relieved and fuming at the same time?! I did at that moment, but sucked it up and walked her to her class where she gave me a kiss and hug good-bye – and all was forgotten when I got back to my car.
As much as she drives me dilly, I love and adore her. She is cute, determined and she is my child 🙂
Here she is with boetie wearing a red shirt with black & pink leggings with her dirty face – Just being a child.
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