Archive for August, 2013

Moment of The Week!

Posted: August 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

It was a typical day and I was getting pretty worn down. I felt like I had spent the whole afternoon correcting the kids behavior and Lilah especially seemed to be making her best efforts to avoid listening to anything I said. Finally, after much frustration I decided to try a different approach. “Lilah, is there something bothering you?” I asked “Because if there is you need to talk to me about it and not behave disrespectfully.” She thought for a few minutes and then very seriously responded “Yes, there is an alligator that has been bothering me.” “I see.” I replied, trying to maintain a straight face. “Well, can you tell this alligator to stop bothering you so that maybe we can stop having so many arguments?” Again, she pondered for a moment and then proceeded to tell me a very long, convoluted story about her and the alligator and how they were actually friends, etc. Realizing that this was not going to go anywhere I finally said “Ok well, I’m glad you and the alligator are friends but let’s try to listen to mommy from now on and just talk to me if something is really bothering you.” I thought that was a good way to end the conversation and hoped maybe it had done some good. However, about 2 minutes later she said “Mom, something’s bothering me.” “What is it?” I asked. “A monster is bothering me.” Suddenly, I realized my good intentions were backfiring and for the next hour I listened to different creative stories about what was bothering her. Needless to say, by the time she went to bed I was in desperate need of chocolate.

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