Yes, she did have a hard day…and a hard week. And she has had to apologize to her teachers, our neighbors, and a stranger several times. That has never happened before. At least not apologizing for something that was not an accident. Having to apologize for behavior and speaking disrespectfully is new territory for us. It’s easy to say you’re sorry when you accidentally hurt someone, but when it’s for doing something you know you should not, it’s a whole different ball game.
Little M had a very hard week last week. Let us just say that she was in trouble A. LOT.
By Wednesday, all of us were a bit worn out. I was tired of putting her in time out, and she was tired of being in time out, but she seemed helpless to change her behavior and her attitude…
During one of the conversations we had after one of her many time outs, she said exasperated “I just having a hard day!”
I said “make good choices” so many times last week. We cancelled everything we could cancel, and stayed home. Not to have fun, but to deal. I limited her toys, and her privileges. She had a LOT of mommy time. We cuddled, and did projects together. We talked about behavior and appropriate responses. We talked about consequences and what happens when you make bad choices. She knows, you guys. She has it all memorized, and she knows all the consequences.
But, for some reason, this past week she did not care. She wanted to make the bad choices.
I hope this week is better… or I may have to take up drinking. And get a massage.