Saturday, July 18, 2015

I'm Not A Mom Failure!

Seriously, my boys are 6, 4, and 2 years old. How can I already feel like I'm failing as a mom? Well, that's easy, my sweet, smart 6 year old is a jerk. No, I'm serious! I mean, he's so self-centered. The way he acts, you'd think I've always let him have his own way, never told him no, and generally spoiled him. I haven't, I swear. The problem with the oldest is each stage is new. And other than the 'Terrible 2s' you're not warned about each stage. 

So far, 5 has been my favorite. That was a pretty good year. Keirnan was old enough to do cool stuff and young enough to remind me how great something for the first time really is. I really thought I'd finally figured it out and passed the becoming independent and needing to assert myself preschool years. It was really only a break before 6 hit, and oh Lord, I'm going to need help with this one! 

Where did I go wrong? You know, I don't think I did honestly. I hear all the time how bossy little girls are at this age. And I remember teaching boys and girls this age at church a couple years ago. For some reason, boys being bossy little jerks is just not talked about. I think it's yet another stage that we just aren't warned about. Why is this? Seriously, someone please explain to me why I feel I am forever having to apologize for my kid being a brat instead of having someone who understands my mommy fears. 

Here's my theory. By this age kids have the ability to use those 'magic words' and do a lot of cool stuff on their own. We, as parents, start to relax and think, yes my kid is turning out right! But truthfully, they are still learning to put all these cool new abilities together. They are still trying to figure out compassion and other such nebulous concepts that are hard for us to put into words. We tell our kids to think of others' feeling, but not how to really understand why they need to do so. Then, when they haven't figured it out, we don't want to admit to anyone else (who might judge us harshly) that our kid is being a jerk again. We had it easy for a year and think our kid is reverting back and acting like a 3 year old and don't want to admit that. They aren't. Nothing is wrong with them. They are acting just like the other kids in this stage- a Jerk, with a capital J!

So, when my kid is being a bossy jerk while playing with his friends outside, I pray I'm doing the right thing by letting them work it out. Because as much as he's a bossy jerk, he's such an amazing, intelligent young man also. Maybe if I just highlight that, it'll sink into his thick, male skull that being a jerk isn't cool. And boy, do I hope this phase passes soon! Because see, he's not always a jerk!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Keirnan's 6th Birthday Questions

"I found this 20 questions to ask my kids at their birthday each year survey through Pinterest a couple years ago right after Keirnan's birthday. I kind of forgot about it after doing it once. Well, here we are a few days after his birthday, so while I'm thinking about it. Let's knock this out!"

Yeah, that's what I wrote last year. Keirnan's 6th birthday was 20-ish days ago and I'm finally getting to this. So, here's his answers for this year, at the end of kindergarten! Now to remember to do this for the other two boys in 6 months. Eek.

Keirnan: 6 years, May 10, 2015

1. What is your favorite color? Pink
2. What is your favorite toy? Star Wars Legos
3. What is your favorite fruit? Strawberries
4. What is your favorite tv show? Band of Brothers
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Spaghetti-O's
6. What is your favorite outfit? T-shirt
7. What is your favorite game? DS
8. What is your favorite snack? Candy
9. What is your favorite animal? Lizard
10. What is your favorite song? Jingle Bells
11. What is your favorite book? Space (the one Grandpa made)
12. Who is your best friend? Sophia
13. What is your favorite cereal? Marshmallow (lucky charms)
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play military
15. What is your favorite drink? Strawberry milk
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Lizard
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  Spaghetti
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Soldier

Many things have changed and many stayed the same. By his answers I can see how much he has grown this past year. It was a difficult transition to school, but he ended the year so well and I am very proud of how much my big guy learned. He still loves all things space and military, but has added music and art to his life. For the past couple months he has been learning the violin and when he tries, is quite impressive!