I never once thought that being a mom to a little girl would be so "crazy" compared to being a mom to two boys. I am sure that you would tell me to take into consideration that there are fifteen years between Calley and Logan, and nineteen between her and Addison.
Oh I know I am older... believe me I know. Then to put the icing on the cake, I am starting to show signs of perimenopause. Let me tell you, between the hot flashes, mood swings and then Calley being such a curious and active little girl... AAAHHH CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!
Earlier today, Calley was being naughty and I really snapped at her (deservingly so) ... after giving it some thought i thought to myself "I can be a bitch!" Even if Calley is constantly touching things and disobeying, it doesn't make it okay for me to raise my voice to her constantly. Or is it?
I really do not want her to remember me, the same as I remember my father... constantly raising his voice and just being plain mean (just to mention a couple of things.)
I guess one thing I do differently than what my father did... I take a few minutes to cool down, I talk to Calley and try to reason with her, and then I do something with her. I try to keep it low key, after all I do not want to reward the behavior that got her into trouble in the first place.
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Today, I said something to her that i had never said before... I told her that she was on the "naughty" list. OH MY GOODNESS IT WAS AS IF THE EARTH ERUPTED!! I might as well have had crushed her teddy bear! I never saw her react this way! EVER! And I all I could think of was ... BINGO!! Finally! Something that gets her attention!
So I wonder how long I will be able to use the naughty or nice list for?
As I kiss her good night this evening, she asked me ..."Mommy am I still on the naughty list." "No, Calley you are not." I continued, "however, Calley if you do not do as you are told you are automatically put back on the "naughty" list. "Yes, mommy. I love you. Sweet Dreams." Calley said ever so sweetly.
As I left her room, I ecstatically mouthed the word "YES!" as I clenched my fist to my chest and then immediately looked around in hopes that I did not jinx the use of the naughty or and nice list.
May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! ~Author Unknown
May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, The gladness of Christmas give you hope, The warmth of Christmas grant you love. ~Author Unknown
Blessings to all!!
186 days to go...
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