Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Patience is a Virture

... a virtue I don't possess much of.

I've never been a patient person. I'm working on it, really I am. 

Yesterday I picked Fynn up at 4:30. When I got her in the car she adamantly refused to sit down in her car seat. I asked her nicely, said please (because, you know, that might work for a 16-month-old)... nothing. She kept standing and fighting.

So I decided to practice some patience. She was tired and fussy and clearly didn't want to get strapped in yet. Fine. I was in no rush. I stood next to the car and waited for her to get it out of her system. She moved around touching the mirror on her headrest, tapping the roof of the car, wiggling around a bit. She looked at me, so I said "Fynnleigh, please sit down". She giggled and kept playing. So I kept a serious face on and let her wiggle some more.

She noticed I was annoyed. She knew I wasn't happy. But instead of sitting down like a sweet little baby... she stuck her face in front of mine with a big ol' smirk on it. Like she was so proud she had gotten under my skin. Again I asked her to sit, and again she stuck her face in mine and smirked at me. How I wish I had a picture of that face.

God help me when she's a teenager. 

1 comment:

  1. I have the same problem with my 2.5 year old. Trying to ask a small child nicely or trying to reason with them never seems to work. I tell her we're going to do it the easy way where she sits down like a good girl or the hard way where I'm going to use all of my strength to sit her butt down myself and strap her in. We've had to do it both ways many times. I hope it gets easier!


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