Can I have another biscuit?
Can I go on the computer?
Can I run around in a t-shirt and undies on the lawn when it is 2 degrees outside?...... you get the drift
The thing I am trying hard to do is to STOP and THINK before I say yes or no.
To check I have actually heard the request, and then rationally consider - is this doable, is it a 'small stuff' (as in: don't sweat the small stuff - as in: I want to wear a singlet and long johns to church in summer), will it be fun, is it only laziness that makes me want to say no, will this build us together as a family, ..... those things
So when the boys asked if they could just play with the 'mum's shop' merchandise .... and I stopped and thought before answering... I thought 'why not?'. I knew they would treat it as a great privilege and they wouldn't nag me to buy stuff, they just wanted to have some special time.
So I gave them the box, the price list and the float (real money, in small change) and I encouraged them to give their teddies $1 and play shop keepers and customers. I reminded them that they had to put it all back at the end - including the money and what the teddies bought.
They had such a nice time. I joined in for some and I made dinner during the rest. So special and so nice for them to feel my trust in action.... and they didn't disappoint me.
I love these boys. I'm glad I thought before I answered, and that I said yes.
love you more than a teddy whose nose has been loved off x
Becoming the Mama I want to be is about taking time to enjoy the journey of parenting, to honour it's value and to hopefully inspire and encourage each other.
Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be
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