Jennifer - posted on 06/21/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )
I've always expected a lot from my kids, not perfection, just to listen and remember what they are told. There's been so many times that they have gotten impatient waiting for supper or a special treat, and I tell them to calm down and that they know better. Today, driving to my son's doc appt, I realized I was mumbling under my breath about the car in front of me traveling 35 in a 55. Then, at the doc's office, I mentioned something to the kids about it taking forever to get back to the exam room after an hour's wait. Hmmmm, wonder where they are learning the impatience from. Then, the other day my husband was driving and a car missed hitting my door by mere inches and I yelled out "holy sh*t!" This afternoon, my 6 year old yells out the same phrase, and I tell her once again that she knows better. Hmmmm so do I. There's a lot more to this, but you guys get the idea. So, here is my promise to my kids. No longer will I tell you that "you know better" and expect you to behave better than me, because I also know better. A simple reminder is all that will be said, because in some situations all knowledge goes out the door and emotions take over. Do I expect you to eventually learn to controll these emotions in a better manner, of course, but if you make a slip up, it's ok. I will remind you, and will work on myself to set a better example (please feel free to remind me as well). I can't expect you to follow my words when I'm showing you the oppsite by my actions.You are the most awesome kids. I couldn't imagine life without you guys. I love you with all my heart!!!