Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Defiance and a Back Rub
Today's not-so-favorite moments included . . .
. . . trying to help Joy learn to swim. I was so tense and clueless that we both just got very frustrated very quickly. I can't imagine what it will be like teaching her to drive.
. . . Daniel flatly telling me "no" when I asked him to put a puzzle away. I find that the biggest challenge of parenting is figuring out how discipline in a respectful, constructive way. Sometimes I do a fabulous job, and other times I colossally mess up. I handled this particular interchange decently, but it left a bitter taste in my mouth the rest of the afternoon.
Today's favorite moments included . . .
. . . a big Anna smile when I really needed one.
. . . Phillip giving me a back rub this evening. After I spent hour after hour give, give, giving today, it felt lovely to just relax and receive something that felt so good.