Thursday, September 2, 2010

Day 216: Pedi-Cure

So, Sweet P and I have really been struggling of late. She appears to have picked up some "bad habits" during her brief fling with teenage hormones. Add in her increasing dislike for violin practice, tiring school days (Kindergarten is ALL day out here!), and subtract the naps she was still taking up until the first day of school, and you have the perfect recipe for a monster.

Yes, I just referred to my daughter as a monster. Feel free to remove me from the "Mother of the Year" list of nominees. Because up until now, I've been a perfect mom.

Anyway, it's really bad and my depression appears to be very directly related to her attitude. So, if anyone has any advice on how to make that transition to full-day school a little less rough as quickly as possible--I would really appreciate it.

What does all of this have to do with Joyful Moments, though? Well, for my birthday Sweet P (and HH) got me a gift certificate to have pedicures done together. And I thought tonight would be a great time to go. We almost didn't make it due to a severely bad attitude, but we both pulled it together so we could be in good spirits and enjoy each other.

And we did. Sitting side-by-side, getting our toenails painted was such a fun, girly Joyful Moment. She's definitely more of a tomboy than a girly girl, so this was a very rare opportunity. And it was seriously, so FUN!

Wishing you all sass-free, girly girl Joyful Moments!


Belkycita said...

Oh how fun!!!
I've done with Elena and it is just a fun activity ;-)
I'm impressed on how you can find a joyful moment when you are having a hard day. I am SO glad that is working so well for you.

natalie said...

Try all day Pre-K. We had that last year and by the time Sam got home she was SPENT. I think what worked was to get some food in her as soon as she walked in the door and just let her veg or do whatever she wanted to do for an hour or so. I tried to keep the sibling interaction to a minimum for that time too. She'd had enough child interaction all day and needed to be alone and in the zone. Sometimes she just needed a good cry. Sometimes I snuggled with just her, if I had the chance. Good luck! I never really felt like I got to where I wanted to be with this one. But we survived and now we've got half day Kindegarten here.

Linda said...

My sister had surgery and I spent much of my day with her in the hospital. I found joy in living close enough to be able to help.