Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Good Mom Feeling

Last week I put my foot down with K. She goes to a youth group on Tuesdays. Well last week she had a project due and I usually let her go with the promise that she will finish up when she gets back. But that has bit me in the butt more times than I can count.

But not this time! I said, No. Period. You will stay here and do your project.

She yelled. She screamed. She did it half-assed in crayon and the biggest handwriting.

I sent her back for another try. After much fussing and fuming, she finally buckled down and did it. She was proud. I was happy. She got a good grade on it! When she told me that just a few minutes ago, I got goosebumps.... Why??? Because I was the mean mom and it finally paid off!

She even said, "I am glad you made me stay and do that project." I almost cried. Seriously folks. How did I get so lucky??? I mean we fight, we don't talk, she has been talking about moving to her dad's.... but at the end of the day, she really does appreciate me.


Margaret said...

Of course she does. :)

Anonymous said...

I am a single mom of twins aged 18 months....I know how difficult is to be a mom in general..,it's a tough job...my mother says that at some point, it gets easier ....I hope to reach that point some day...
Endeka from Spain

shuttle mom said...

She appreciates you, it's just the age. Glad you didn't give in. Most kids think if they complain and fuss enough the parents will give in. Sadly many of them do.
Kids need structure and discipline just as much as they need our love.
You are doing a great job!