I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I am glad it’s Monday. We had a LONG weekend here at the Huebner house. We did had some fun though, doing a little shopping on Saturday, and then lots of yard work on Sunday. We’ve had flood warnings for the past few days, so I’m hoping the rain will let up this week so we can dry out.
|She may look sweet in this photo, but right after this she was a screaming monster because I wanted to get out of bed.|
|She’s getting very good at her yoga poses.|
So I’m writing this post for myself. As a way to hold myself accountable to level-setting my expectations with her. To learn that 2 year olds will act out, but it’s how we respond to that behavior that can influence their future behavior. If we constantly yell, she’ll grow immune to it and may grow up to yell at her own children one day. I do not want that. I want her to grow up in a calm and respectful environment. I want her to know it’s ok to express her feelings, but I want to help her learn the right ways to express those feelings. I want her to know it’s ok to be upset about something, but it’s not ok to scream and hit. I want her to know she is always free to express herself, to talk to us, to really tell us how she’s feeling. But I want to teach her the best way to do that. I want her to really understand her feelings and be able to calmly identify them.
I need to learn myself. I need to learn to be calm and patient with her. Not get frustrated when she doesn’t listen, or when she is trying to express herself. I need to love her through those times. I need to make it a teaching moment. I’m vowing to be a better mother to my daughter by doing this. I hope one day I can look back and be proud that she did grow up to be that compassionate and empathetic person I see in her already.