I don’t like to admit this, but on some days, parenting can be so hard that there are a dozen or so other things that I wish I could be doing to lose my sanity. I could just join the circus and my fear of clowns would do me in…it would certainly be a whole lot quicker. Some days are awesome. Some days, like today, are so intense. They are an uphill battle from the moment we wake up. On days like these when Miss Mimi’s tears and tantrums turn into meltdowns for the both of us, I try to set her up with games that are a lot of fun and that avoid any sort of frustration. One of these games is throwing balls down the stairs, listening to them thump, thump, thumping and gauging how hard you need to throw a ball to make it roll all the way down. I’m sure a science teacher would explain gravity better than me, but Miss Mimi seemed to get it.
It took her quite some time to throw down that many balls and even though Miss Mimi promised me she would help pick them up, I was left to pack away this…
But that’s ok, I just wanted that happy-go-lucky kid who existed yesterday to return and banish this kid with the angry bad attitude.
The next attempt at having fun for longer than 10 minutes was going for a walk and collecting leaves and gum nuts in the sun. When we returned from our walk I taped up a piece of clear contact to the door and let Miss Mimi set about sticking her treasures on.
(When you’re finished you need to get some more contact and stick it sticky side down onto the work. I think the easiest way to do this is to put it on the floor and just laugh at yourself when all the bits get stuck to each other. While you wont be alone if you become really agitated with this bit, it certainly wont help to improve your child’s mood, trust me!)
As the day went on we played doctors office with an old computer keyboard and taped up Spot’s sore tail. We practiced hoola hooping and made invitations for all her toys to come to a ‘Show Party’ and I still wasn’t allowed to do anything away from her.
After giving up, I gave her some soy ice cream in a cone, put on Play School and I haven’t heard a peep from her in half an hour! Some days are not great, luckily most days are amazing.
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