parenting · Theo is here

She’s bright, she’s funny, she drives me crazy…

She’s bright, she’s funny, she’s smart, she drives me crazy… My difficulty is the inconsistency….she’s great, she’s a good listener, she goes out of her way to do something nice for me or her brother…. like I was downstairs today and told Theo I had to take him upstairs to change his diaper. I get to the top of the stairs and there sits a diaper and wipes…. “Thank you, Charlie!” I’m surprised and so grateful…. I’m afraid that her inconsistency stems from mine. It’s like, what came first, the chicken or the egg? Am I the way I am because of her or is she the way she is because of me? I remind myself that there are many variables here that make up who she is and why she acts the way she does. I understand that… when I am the primary disciplinary in her life, along with her dad, it may feel like just that… I’m a disciplinary. She’s constantly looking to me for what’s black and white and I have defined those things for her… Now, I have read a many books about parenting, discipline, boundaries, and child-rearing… You set rules, consequences and then, don’t you dare, wallow… The one thing you must do in order to survive, is follow through…

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