Look at those kids. Aren't they just a bundle of cuteness? Yes, they are and I love them to death. But......
Today, mama lost it.
Jaina has pushed every button and tested every limit lately. It's a constant stream of, "But I don't like that! Who do I play with? What should I do? I want to do something FUN!!!!" She's been crabby, whiny, negative and obstinate and all the while she wants to do something FUN!
Believe me....I like fun just as much as the next guy but....
All of a sudden, I had a revelation and my kids heard the speech of a lifetime.
"It is not my responsibility to give you fun. It IS my responsibility to love, nurture, feed, clothe, teach, shelter, comfort, heal and listen to you, but it is NOT my responsibility to give you fun. You have plenty of toys. Go use your imagination. I am not here on this earth to make sure that you have fun!"
Does this shock you? Maybe.
Does this make me a bad mom? Maybe.
Did this speech given at 6 decibels too loud change behaviors and attitudes almost immediately? Yes.
There's a saying that moms get paid in hugs and kisses. It's true.
But being a mom is also a thankless job.
I'm sure my mom is reading this and just laughing out loud because of these lessons that I'm learning ever so slowly.
So, this is just a little drop in the bucket THANK YOU! to my Mom (and Dad) for loving, nurturing, feeding, clothing, teaching, sheltering, comforting, healing and listening to me. Thank you for putting up with all of my nonsense and for even making sure I had a little bit of fun. :)
I hope you have the consolation of knowing that I appreciate everything you've done for me even more now that I have my own rugrats to take care of. :)
Is it bedtime yet?