There is something about having a kid out of school on a random Tuesday (such as today) that makes me want to run for the hills. I’m hoping they have an anti-anxiety med there–at least a tub filled with Calgon! When my sweet, energetic, highly creative and curious Kate is home from school, momma needs meds.
Kids will be kids. Kids have energy and kids have questions. Kids are cute and kids are exhausting. This kid of mine just has a little “more” of the above. It’s mind-boggling. Sure, I am creative and I love to learn. But I know my limits. I like to sleep. I like to be still. I like to sit and do nothing. At times. I am introverted. I like to be a alone. But I’m friendly. I just wonder, if the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, then why is my first born so…different than me?”
Kate has a book about differences among people. We’ve read it often. One of the quotes in the book that I love is, “Different isn’t something to hate.” Just because Kate is a little “different” than me, doesn’t mean I hate it. It just means that I am worn out. It just means that I need to re-adjust my parenting skills. And on days like this, I feel like I need a little more than to reframe and take a nap.
Perhaps chocolate will do? With a little Valium nuget in the middle?!!
If you, too feel like you are dealing with a kid who is a little “more,” I encourage you to read this book, “Raising Your Spirited Child” by Mary Kurcinka Sheedy. I laughed out loud in some parts because I totally recognized Kate in some of the scenarios. It’s really no laughing matter, but well, you just may relate to it as well.