Tuesday, March 27, 2007
How do you know?
How do you know you've got a spirited child?
Your child insists they MUST do something that they have been wanting to do (and won't let go for ever or at least hours), although to do so would require time-travel into the past!
How do you know you're spirited yourself?
When you attempt to give other options, try to provide what the child wants in fantasy, try to get to a YES ... yes we can do that "another time, another way, later today etc." and so on and so forth, eventually run out of ideas on how to move past this "issue" and end up trying to take a Mama time out (only to be followed), desperately give in, or finally lose it and have a bit of a parent tantrum yourself (followed by kicking yourself when you are down).
Ahhh parenting. Around here it is never boring. If I manage to raise these kids well, I will have leaders and I'll be able to get rich imparting my knowledge in books, videos, lectures and workshops! Now that would be an upside. Here's looking for the upsides in your family today (even if it is another rainy spring break day with colds)!