Here's my Mama Memoir for the week!
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I will be the first to admit that I always expect the worst from my kids. I always assume that there will be tantrums and meltdowns whenever we go out together. Obviously, there's reasons why I have grown to expect this bevior (re: I get it now). But honestly, I'm not proud of feeling this way, I'm really not.
Every single day is a new day, with a new beginning. And my kids deserve the benefit of the doubt. They deserve for me to believe in them. And beyond that, they deserve a Mother who is more confident in her abilities to take care of them, and resolve & diffuse any outbursts or issues that may occur.
Case in point:
On Monday, a friend of mine posted on FB that she was going to Ikea, and asked if anyone wanted to meet her there. ::raises hand:: Umm.. yes, I will!! That was my first thought. Then, I thought about it for some more and quickly decided that I'd probably better stay home. Taking two little kids to Ikea? That could prove to be exhausting and irritating, at best.
But then, another moment past, and looked down at my beautiful 3 y/o, who smiled up at me sweetly. Right then, I thought to myself "You know what, why the heck not?? I GOT this." And without another thought, I told her I would be meeting her at Ikea at 2pm.The baby woke up from his nap at 1:00, and I got the kids fed and ready to go. Bennett took a short little snooze on the way to Ikea & off we went to wander the gigantic warehouse.
And you know what?? The kids were amazing!! Bennett was well-behaved and followed almost every direction I gave him. And Easton was happy just being pushed around in the cart. I don't give my kids nearly enough credit. They deserve so much better from me. I don't want to be the Mom that doesn't go anywhere or do anything fun with my kids because I'm scared of what might happen when we get there. Kids have off days, and can be challenging, but that's life. I need to do better at just rolling with the punches.
My kids surprised me that day. And I surprised myself, too.
And I got some fun stuff for myself and the kiddos (a new rug, some play kitchenware for their playhouse, and some new candle holders.) Score!
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The next Mama Memoirs link-up will be Thursday, May 2nd!