Friday, March 14, 2014

solsc: some nights 14/31



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Some nights.

I would love to say that my girls are angels.  All.  The.  Time.   

After an early morning wake up or a busy day of learning and playing at school, the end of the day can be challenging.  Those evening hours can be long and tiring and lacking any patience.

Whining and crying.  Tone of voice and demands.  Testing and stubborn.  A tag team effort.  One is on, then--tag, you're it--the other starts.  Occasionally, they work together at the same time.

Grit teeth and closed eyes.  Deep breaths and long sighs.  Pick your battle and walk away.  Counting down 5--4--3--2--1.  Time out and take away.  A tag team effort.  Daddy and I take turns trying to remain calm.

My sweet, smart almost four year old girls ARE really good girls.  Everyone tells us.  We know it too and those happy moments outshine all others.  But there are days, or in our case, nights that test all our parenting skills.  There are reasons why --maybe they are tired, not feeling well, or perhaps just a little crabby.  

It doesn't really matter, but I am thankful this only happens . . .

Some nights.



9 comments:

  1. Oh, yes, your Mother told you there'd be days (or nights) like this, but hang in there. Sometimes it not only them that are feeling tired, cranky and worn out. Thankfully, hubby is there to help. Look back at the last week of your slices and you'll see how good they really are. They are just testing to see just how many buttons they can push before..... Hugs to all. Love ya, Mom

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  2. Oh, how I remember those days! There were some evenings that I'd have to go to my car and drive around the neighborhood for my own timeout!

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  3. Patience is the key. Easy to say. It wasn't easy for me to follow. On some evenings I wasn't kind and instead of soothing I used loud voice. Sometimes we both cried. Mimm was a good child. I was a good mom. We were just both too tired. You handle the situation much better, grit your teeth, count and stay calm. I wish you good night sleep. All of you.

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  4. Just think how crabby, impatient or whinny we can get . . . at least we have Christmas Vacation, Spring Break and Summer Vacation . . .the girls don't have the 'look forward" thing down yet . . .it's the toughest job in the world . . . and like so many other jobs Michelle . . . you do it great!

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  5. We get through these moments, somehow, Michelle - never easy when you are in the midst of it though.

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  6. You are so lucky you have a partner to tag team it with! Even with older kids, I still grit my teeth, count, take deep breaths, sigh, and yes, walk away! But I wouldn't trade it for anything. Hang in there!

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  7. I still absolutely think that they are perfect, even if there is a night here and there. Twins...a miraculous set of two! xo

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  8. You are such a great mom Michelle, and I can believe those sweet babies are almost four...I'm thinking pre K in Oklahoma is a great idea!

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  9. When I read your posts, I hear my daughter on the phone, Michelle, with a 4 1/2 & 2 1/2 year old. Some nights... You are a good mom, and it is great that both your husband and you are working together. I think it's great that you share this and on other days, imagine it helps lots who read your posts.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.