This New Year’s Resolution is tough!
Yesterday the kids were really working those buttons, and Momma was giving them more reaction than I should have.
Actually, it was ugly.
When the oldest closed her door while I was talking to her, I opened her door a little too hard (okay, way harder than necessary), and then as she did flips on her mattress, “Why can’t you stop flipping on your bed and just listen when I’m talking? Can’t you be normal for once ?” actually escaped my lips. (There were some other not nice things said, too.)
Not words I want to be saying to my babies. I want to nurture their self-esteem, not crush it with words like that. Which is why it is so important to me to change. To change while they are still young, before they enter into a world where their self-esteem is beaten down by their peers on a daily basis.
I’ve been doing 100% better on using more time-outs and not spanking, but it seems I need to work harder on positive words coming from my lips, not negative. Especially with my little girl. Like I said in my earlier confession, I sometimes forget just how young she is at times.
And now, I’m going to go give them both a couple big hugs, because you can never have too many hugs.