Parenting Is Hard

If it’s not, your not doing your job.

Rich and I had a challenging event this week and it was one I NEVER thought I would be faced with. 

Call it a life lesson for us or a life lesson for her but either way it was tough.

I reached out to several people for guidance.  

I needed it. 

I was at a point of exploding and knew I needed to handle it calmly (not necessarily a strength of mine) so I knew I needed a clear plan by the end of the day.

I had to sit all day at work and fester over this.

It was worse than being the kid knowing your going to get in trouble and just waiting for your parent to bring it up.

Ugh!

I talked to several people throughout the day, it’s what I do for guidance, because I know my thoughts or opinions are not always the best and getting different perspectives and ways to handle something is.  Rich is super calm and collected but a little too nice and believing sometimes and I am definitely the hardass.

We gave her a chance to explain what she did and why she did it and how she thought she should be punished.

Unfortunately that did not happen and not much remorse was shown except for different elements of her punishment.

The talks continued into day two and three and I hope we are finally on the other side. She  is accepting of her punishments now and is being her normal sweet sassy self.

This situation was tough and I know this will not be the last and they will get worse in their severity but I hope that all these life lessons are remembered and one day she will look back on them and appreciate it.

I have encountered plenty of people in my life that are a real pain in the butt and I do not want my child to be one of those.

My motto: “Kids, the good, the bad and the ugly are 100% a product of their parents.” 

There is plenty to influence them but it’s your job to provide the tools to make them successful at handling anything. 

There were signs and words from friends and family that I was doing the right things even if she made me doubt me.

I have not been on Pinterest in too long and that day I logged on and found this article…boy did it hit home:

How to Be the Mom Your Strong-Willed Child Needs You to Be

“So stand strong. Your child needs you.”

XoXo Mentally Exhausted Momma

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