If you're thinking along the lines of Chicken Soup for the Mama's Soul, you're absolutely right.
BUT THEN my kids remind me just why this blog was started in the first place, and whoooosh, out the window the sweet, happy post goes, replaced by
brought on by the
(me, not the kids)
(the kids this time - more specifically, my three-year-old)
MELTDOWN OF EPIC PROPORTIONS
(by pretty much everyone at this point)
My three year old, Annelie, is driving me to INSANITY. It was rough going when she was a one year old and I dreaded the terrible twos like nobody's business. Then the twos came and went (not uneventfully, of course) and were replaced by what we have now: The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad threes.
Take yesterday, for example, when the happy Hopkins family skipped to the library for story time and puzzle time and computer play time and book pick-out time. Life was good, life was great, smiles circled the sun and butterflies burst from our hearts.
And then (dun-dun-dun) it was movie pick-out time. Here's something to know about me. I'm a little bit (read: a lot) controlling. BUT when it comes to movie pick-out, I'm fairly reasonable. However, when all the movies my three year old handed me to check out just happened to be the very same movies we already have at home, I kindly asked her to put them back and pick out movies we didn't own and therefore wouldn't mix up with ours.
Naturally, this was when the bleep hit the fan. Enter the kicking and screaming and doom and destruction and all that jazz that had my face bright red as I checked out my books while my husband grabbed our kiddo under his arm and fled before the librarians could snip my card in half and barricade us from ever coming back.
I tried to keep a cheerful face as the librarian checked out my books:
- The Time-Out Prescription: A Parent's Guide to Positive and Loving Discipline by Donna G. Corwin
- Taming the Spirited Child: Strategies for Parenting Challenging Children Without Breaking Their Spirits by Michael Popkin, Ph.D
- How to Keep Your Kids from Driving You Crazy: A Proven Program for Improving Your Child's Behavior and Regaining Control of Your Family by Paula Stone Bender, Ph. D
- ScreamFree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool by Hal Edward Runkel
Yes, I did feel like an incompetent fool, in case you are wondering. And I guess I kind of am because I'm frequently at my wit's end. We monitor sugar intake, red food dye intake, make sure she is well-rested and fed before she flips out. We dole out time-outs when needed (frequently, obviously) ... yet the insanity continues daily!
But I know I'm not the only person out there with a high-energy, temperamental preschooler who happens to think she/he knows more than anyone over the height of 3 inches.
So, moms out there, who wants to vent their own frustrations? You do? Perfect. Share your stories in the comments.
And moms out there, who wants to share pearls of motherly wisdom? You do? Perfect. Dispense those pearls of wisdom in the comments.
Now that the screaming has stopped and the house is temporarily silent, I'm all ears!! And when I'm done reading your comments, I'll certainly be cracking those books open for help!