We can do it

Thursday, August 31, 2006


Well, you all were right. After about round 4 with Red yesterday. she broke and made up with me. I won the battle of wills again. Man that is tough. I had to bring out the big guns on this one. I called my mom. "What do I do? What do I do?"
I'm lucky I have those kind of parents that were great examples and I WANT to raise my kids the way they raised us. It really helps in those moments of desperation when you are thinking "Am I raising a hellion?" to know you can call on your mom and dad to guide you through. They don't meddle. They don't get too involved but they give advice when I ask and are always cheering me on from the sidelines. Discipline coaches if you will.
After a few stern discussions and several time outs that ended in more sass, Red finally poked her head out of her room and came to me and said, "I love you mommy. I'm sorry I'm a spectacle." (translation - I'm sorry I was disrespectful). VICTORY!
One of the #1 things I have learned from you is NEVER let them sass you. Man that is hard with a certain little redhead. But I figure if I get on it now, I won't have a disrespectful teenager. I hear little kids at the grocery store sassing their mom and my butt STILL hurts thinking, what would MY mom have done if I had dared to talk like that? LOL!
Anyway, thanks mom. I'm sorry I was sassy in my 100 Things Post Part 2 about naming my dog Lois. I promise not to do that. I'm sorry I'm a spectacle.

Remember when we knew it all about raising kids? I miss that.


Carolyn said...

"A spectacle", too cute.

I wish I had never let my teen sass me. You should hear her now.

I was not lucky enough to grow up with great parenting and it shows.

Scary how we become our parents.

beadinggalinMS said...

My kiddos know better to sass me but once in awhile they slip up then they feel bad.
do you think I should do some pregnat pics?? :)

Gingers Mom said...

Carolyn - The great thing about lousy parents, you can learn from them too. I look at my MIL and say, there is an example of how I DO NOT want to be. Hee hee

Beady - Put the fear of God in em! That's what my mom told me. Hee hee. And yes, please put preggy pics up. Can't wait to see.

sweatpantsmom said...

"I'm sorry I'm a spectacle." Ha! I love it.

Christina_the_wench said...

Awww! That is good. She learned her lesson and you made it through. I miss the days when I could shame the girls into feeling bad. *sighs*

And being a mom of older kids, it is so entertaining to see you 'young moms' go through some of this stuff we stressed over. lol

Ms.L said...

lol,she's cute and sassy.
It's true,never let them sass you. It only gets worse as they get older.

Kristen said...

Hey! I'm Kristen, too! "I'm sorry I'm a spectacle!" That is too sweet! I miss the days when I knew everything about being a mom too!

Miss Kelly said...

You are so hot in that picture.

That is cute - what she said. Olivia tried to say hippopotamus last night and the girl in front of us in the checkout was laughing so hard I thought she was gonna piss her pants.

Catch said...

You have a little cutie there....Im sure you have to hide your face and laugh at some of the cute things she says..but your right about the sassing.....nip it in the bud!!! Good luck!

Mimi said...

Spectacle-LOL! Too cute! I am glad you are staying strong. I hate when I see parents just give up. We all do occasionaly, we sometimes need to pick our battles. But you can tell when a child is always winning. Good for you!:)

Mike, Nicki, and Josh said...
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Mike, Nicki, and Josh said...

I'll try again:

That shot of you was from the OB house. I MISS OCEAN BEACH!!! Some of the best times in my pre-married adult life were spent within a quarter-mile of where you were standing. Some of the best carne asada burritos, too.

Mike, Nicki, and Josh said...

Yeah, like my husband says....gotta miss OB. Except for the whole run in with the occassional homeless crazy person!

QueenieCarly said...

It's great that you have a blog to post all this stuff. When we were on the Island last week, Aaron's mom pulled out a file folder full of little scraps of paper. As she sorted through them I realized that she'd written short little notes about different things that Aaron and his siblings had done when they were kids. I think that my brother and I are relying solely on my mom's memory for that kind of thing.

Weinraub Family said...

I agree having these blogs are great for remembering all the stuff our children are doing. Heaven help these poor kids when they all are older...not only can we pull out pictures to show their future boyfriends/girlfriends, we can give them a web address to read all about their adventures...LOL

Trailady said...

I'm with you. I allow my children to say their feelings- even if their feelings don't make me feel warm and fuzzy. I'm not a perfect Mom and I know it. So, they are allowed to voice their opinions, but I have taught them to use "I feel" statements and to say how they feel respectfully. I think sassing is different because it's not the child expressing feelings in appropriate ways, it's often them doing a power-play against us. 4 year olds are notorious for doing that. I'm glad you stand your ground. They will respect your for doing so.

Blessings to you!! :o)

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