Friday, October 10, 2008

And it's only 9:30!

I know that most blogs out there report all of the wonderful and fun things that we do with our children and what a perfect day it's been, blah blah blah. Well, let's be honest...we all have our "bad -Mom moments" (as my sister calls them) when we are glad nobody is watching or moments that could be used as an example on Super-Nanny of "what not to do as a parent of a toddler". Today seems to be one of those days.
Why do I get sucked in to arguing with my my 3 year old about whether or not she can put "more" sugar in her cereal because she "can't see the sugar!!!!" ? Why does 'no' mean "just keep asking because you know that your mother is a major push-over. So, if you are persistent and whiny enough, then she'll eventually give in to prevent losing her mind over sugar".
I've inherited this push-over trait from my father who used to always get coerced into taking 6 kids + friends to the candy store , and upon returning home would pout to my Mom, "Why do you let them do this to me?" We knew if Mom said 'no', don't even think about asking again. If my Dad said 'no', it was just an invitation to be more convincing with your pleas until he gave in. Poor guy. I feel for you, Dad. I am completely guilty of this. It's one of those moments in time in which you're now living the wish that your own mother had for you as a child and would announce, "I hope that you have a little girl just like you someday." What does Oprah call it? A "full-circle moment".
It's been one of those days and.... crud! It's only 9:30!! I think I'll call Jer now and see if he can get off of work early.

8 comments:

Brent and Emily said...

I'm sorry Annie, but that post just made me laugh. :) Don't you just love those, "full-circle moments". Can't wait until Kennedy gives some more to me. Anyone who says being a mom is easy, has never done it. Hang in there!!!

RORYJEAN said...

Hahaha! I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels like she could be a model for bad parent behavior on "supernanny." Apollo is teething right now, and he is so clingy and fussy, and some days I just want to crawl in bed with the pillow over my head, but alas, thats not an option. I'm a pushover too- thats why I am STILL nursing him- ahhhhhh! Don't be too hard on yourself- you're a great mom.

Cansas said...

Ha! We've all been there...sometimes it's a minute to minute thing for me. By the end of most days I'm watching the clock until bedtime.

Amber Staub said...

I don't blame you...how could you say no to that sweet little face? Look at those sad crocodile tears. Kids are so good at whipping those up out of nowhere. It comforting to know we all have those days.

Bertie said...

I'm a push-over too!! It made me laugh when you said you should call Jer and tell him to come home early today!

The Seattle Hills said...

Dave and I are crying laughing right now. FYI, I pray every day that I don't permanently mess Beth up.

jessl said...

Oh my goodness I finally found you! Congrats on peanut #2 what a relief to be getting so close to delivery. Oh I wish Eden and you were here! I would let her have all the sugar on her cereal she wanted if she were at my house! I totally know those days, they are crazy but how can you say no to that sweet girl? Your pictures are beautiful. Have you moved to a new house yet?

Maxmomma said...

That pic is awesome- how we know what you're feeling! Glenn and I just decided to have a crack-down and make two rules a week because our 3 yr. old was ruling our lives. This week he has to sit at the dinner table with us at dinner and eat what he has on his plate (still specially made to his tastes, different from what the rest of us eat!) and he can only pick two books for his nighttime routine instead of "just one more" for 45 min.

It's pathetically small progress, but we're push overs ourselves and are going a step at a time.

next week, Max has to eat what we eat for dinner or no other food for the night... that one is going to be hard!