Be persistent when they’re resistant

We had a very difficult morning. A simple request for my 7 year old daugher to take a shower led to a battle of wills and words. As I walked her to the bus stop, my heart was heavy. I wondered what I was doing or not doing to cause such behaviors. I asked beyond myself for an answer as I walked home from kissing her goodbye.

Later in the afternoon, I asked her if she was feeling better. She looked at me slightly uncertain at first and then said, “If you are referring to my anger this morning, I washed it all down the drain during my shower.” Later, as we sat around the dinner table she asked, “Can I read what I wrote at school today?” She began, “My friendship rules:

  1. Never tell secrets
  2. Never lie
  3. Always be nice
  4. Always let people play
  5. Be caring
  6. Be fair
  7. Have citizenship
  8. Use kind words
  9. Don’t disqualify anybody
  10. Be respectful
  11. If you say you’re going to do something, do it
  12. Be honest
  13. If someone gets hurt, help them
  14. Have manners
  15. Keep your promises
  16. Don’t blame
  17. Don’t bully”

I lowered my head in gratitude for the answer that was provided to me. Parenthood is just as much of a journey as is childhood.  My daughter and I will continue to take one day at a time.

Content by Grace Regnier (age 7 1/2 years)

Be yourself and the people that don't mind are the people that matter.
Dr. Seuss

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