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March 15, 2008



I love that talking to yourself is a parent-teacher conference. :)


this is my conversation with my 3.5 year in chinese
DS: you had a tantrum today
me: i did
DS: a little one
me: i did didn't i. .... that wasn't very nice. we don't throw tantrums... i'm sorry.
DS: I throw tantrums sometimes
me: you do do you. should we both try again tomorrow.
DS: ok.
they're a lot more forgiving and resilient than the voices in our heads : ) you're doing great.


Yep, I'm constantly torturing myself with some of those same phrases: "This is what they'll remember of their childhood! Me demanding/criticizing/correcting/terrorizing them! I suck!" Probably they will remember, it unfortunately. Hopefully they will remember a lot of other stuff too, though. And that means they're going to be normal. Nobody gets to have a perfect, stress-free childhood with a glowing angel who never gets stressed or angry for a mother. If they did, they'd have extremely unrealistic expectations of the world, and grow up to profound dismay/disappointment. Right?!?


Oh, how I can relate to this piece, Tammy! This was my son last night, after I sang him our bedtime version of "Jesus Loves Me." I sang "I love (boys's name) every day" -- and he interrupted me, "No you don't. Not every day." Me: "What do you mean?!" Him: "You yell at me everyday." OUCH!

Thankfully, we can start over every day, too.


I loved this post! As mom to 3 boys, I can relate...and I've been at this for over 20 years! Yes, I'm still learning....


I think I've had that exact conversation--only my rational self isn't yet as strong as my EM. I end up saying "You've Ruined Them!" too. I need to work on my R.S.!

Too funny parent teacher conference! Love that reference!

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