Self-portrait and I call it “The Standoff”
When will our children learn that we will not give in and can wait a lot longer than they think? I had a standoff with Miss Gracie yesterday. It was all over the fact she did not want to quickly run to the grocery store so I could pick up I don’t know…food! She insisted that she had nothing to wear and only wanted to wear a certain pink dress that she refused to look for by herself.
So I did what all of us have done…gave her a choice. She had the choice to wear what I laid out (when I offered to help her) or look for the dress. I told her we will wait and the longer we wait, it would take away her time to spend with her cousins and grandparents. I walked away and I was feeling really good about myself. I figured it was a done deal and we would be out the door in 5 minutes. Yeah that didn’t happen.
This standoff lasted almost 2 hours!!!
Did she get dressed? Eventually.
Did we get to the grocery store? I did but ALONE.
Did she learn anything? She did come an apologize but I know she will do it again.
I think today was a draw. She won because she didn’t go to the grocery store. I won because I waited her out and I got to go to the grocery store alone 😉 OK….I probably lost this one but let’s not tell her!
I figure I survived the Terrible 2’s x 3 and the dreaded Terrible 3’s x 3. She can be as stubborn as she wants but she will not win. Where does she think she got her stubbornness? I am seeing a lot of standoffs in my future. Next time hopefully it will occur at a more appropriate time~ I could have poured a cocktail while I sat on the steps. It would have made the sound of her yelling so much more enjoyable!