I’m participating in a fun and creative way we can show the reality of being a mom. If you’d like to read more about the challenge you can check it out here.
This weeks challenge is to share how our kids, our pets, our significant others or even ourselves cause trouble in our lives. To be honest if I were to share the predicaments I get my own self into that would be a crazy long post 😉 We’ll save that for when I have oodles of time!!!!
A Moment of Trouble
No matter how many kids I’ve had (7) there are still times where I have encountered some challenging shopping outings with a 2-year-old. There is always some sort of adventure, craziness or the ever headache causing defiance. You know that defiance where they aren’t going to do anything they don’t want to do. In fact they will just sit there and not budge. If you attempt to move them the screams can be heard throughout the store. What really annoys me is the onlookers giving me those stares and smirks of; “Oh, my kids would NEVER act this way” or how about the “If that was my daughter” I would do this or that.
That’s right I’ll just hide in the clothes…. No one will ever find me here!
A recent moment of trouble was while I was checking out at the store, my daughter decided to plop down with her little carrying case and just sit there. She didn’t want to move and I was in a big hurry. I decided to have my older daughter stand next to her while I paid for my items so we could just leave. A man came up to me and said “you know, your daughter is sitting on the ground and I’m sure there are lots of germs there”. I turned to him with a smile and as pleasant as can be stated, “Well, she is my 7th child and the rest have survived sitting on the ground. I think I got this. Thank you for your concern.”
With kids and in life it’s all about picking your battles. At the moment of trouble what is the best course of action for your intended results. There are times where we have to just deal with the circumstances at hand and other times where we are able to turn a situation into a learning experience. Setting the shopping journeys up for success ahead of time is always best. You can read about some of my ideas for challenging times with our kids here.
Here’s my daughter dramatically holding on to Minnie Mouse and telling her “Bye, Minnie” with her weeping little voice since she wasn’t allowed to bring her home with us.
Our moment of Trouble this week has definitely been the shopping trips that at times felt like events! With this being the first week of everyone being home from school, there were some major adjustments to be made. Raising toddlers to teenagers sure does keep me on my toes, I’m not even sure I know of a quiet moment anymore. At the end of the day when I think I’ve had the toughest day ever; I sit back and smile and feel blessed and know I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Last week I shared my Mommy Reality by sharing a Mommy Meals disaster, come check it out.
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