I am not officially tackling today because most of my tackles are in limbo right now.
Unless you want to count tackling my son!
I love that boy something fierce, but truly, he and I are like two wrestlers right now. Just going round and round, eyeing our opponent, and waiting to see what move the other makes first.
I have tried to stay true to the thought that it is important for them to make many mistakes and learn how to make good choices when young. It is just the training part of all that which is killing me!
Listening and obeying mix with him like oil and vinegar right now.
And although big sister is not quite as bad right now, she is dealing with her own sassy/whiny issues right now too!
But that boy!
Sneaky, demanding, whiny, sassy, not listening, wash, rinse, repeat!
I have tried old-fashioned correction, new-age correction, creative correction, you name it.
I know 3's can be such a mixed stage. It was my hardest (thus far) with my daughter as well. He just seems to have the ability to push my EXACERBATION button way easier than she. Let's see....there has been the fish torture, the hiding under sister's bed with a container of chocolate powder and a spoon, the relieving of oneself out in nature, the store touching fiasco, and the not listening. Did I mention the not listening. OH, and now, we are having to work on not fibbing to get out of getting in trouble!
I do believe his heart is big enough and full of enough love to withstand the moments that I just simply lose it. And I would be lying if I led you to believe some of those moments were not occurring before 9 am! I am still getting plenty of hugs and kisses, lots of please and thank you's, and just those moments of pure 3-year old joy over the simple things that I forget to notice anymore.
I will leave this light. Some of my favorite quotes of his from the past several weeks are:
"OH! I.AM.SO.SORRY! Mom, I am so so sorry!"
"Are you still upset to me?"
"Moooom! Why are you always mad at me?" (this is with head and hand gestures)
"Mom, I am being a good boy!"
"Mom, I want to watch the naughty, naughty boy!"
Ok, this one cracks me up because at first I had no idea what he was talking about and he was saying it in such a funny way. Turns out, he was referring to the little boy in a recent Madeline video he had watched! Yes, I was getting it in his best British accent!
Ironic viewing choice, don't you think!
p.s. Some friends and I are starting Lisa Whelchel's book "The Busy Mom's Guide to Prayer". I am really looking forward to getting specific with God in regards to my children!