I’ve spent many years, ok well, 6 years to be exact. Raising my daughter to never take no for an answer, pursue your dreams, and try to do as much as you can on your own and never be afraid to ask for help. Seems about right….right? Well not as of recently. I’m continually being called by school office personnel, assistants, and other adults surrounding my daughter, because she can’t seem to control her stubbornness and inability to give a crap about what adults tell her to do. How dare you speak to the princess like that! Are you talking to me like that? Oh no she didn’t.
Marching to the beat of her own drum and deciding when and where she wants to sit and learn, she seems to think it’s up to her. I don’t remember telling her she didn’t have to listen to her teachers. I don’t remember telling her she can just take other people’s belongings. And I certainly don’t remember allowing her to treat other’s rudely.
I love her with all my heart and I’m so proud of everything she does, even when it’s burping louder then most people. (She gets it from me) But I don’t want her kicked out of kindergarten because she kicked another student. I don’t want her kicked out of her after-school program because she stole their office keys. I need to rein in her Girl Power and start pulling some of her magic dust back in.
Maybe I gave her too much to start with. Now I need to start teaching her to use it sparingly. Like most kids her age it should have been apparent when I seen her use of glitter in art class. I could spot her project from the parking lot. Less is more, was never an option for my Aubry. But this is a time now where I need to show her patients, relaxation, and understanding.
You can be a fighter and you can be strong, but if you don’t know when to choose your battles or when excessive force is not ok, then it’s not going to be a tool for her, it’s going to be her kryptonite.
::::UPDATE::::While she was sitting in time out she stole my lotion, cell phone charger and a package of batteries from the table sitting to the left of her in the above picture…Lord have mercy.