I fear that if I had a tape recorder play back to me an entire day, that for every 20 "no", "stop" "you must obey", "stop NOW", "no", "no", "no" 's, there would only be a few "yes", "good job", "awesome" 's. I watched a bit of that Nanny 911 the other day and the mom was a complete nagger. I would hate for my children to grow up and remember my nagging characteristic. I don't want to lighten up on the discipline or redirecting by any means. He's well old enough to know his boundaries and knows very well what he is doing, but I'm going to try and squeeze in a lot more positive reinforcements so it evens out more. I am a natural nagger though, so it's going to be hard. Sometimes when I get together with other moms, I see how much more relaxed they are (in a good way) and it makes me feel like I'm too uptight about every little thing. I went to a friends the other day and her and I were sitting in her living room chatting and the kids were roaming around playing. A great thing! But the whole time I'm thinking in the back of my head that Henry is probably chewing on a knife somewhere, so I just can't relax unless I can constantly see him. You see, I need to lighten up a bit!
I just went to a garage sale close by. Didn't buy a thing. There were gobs of toys. Lots and lots of toys. Junky toys. Just like the junky toys we already have at home. On the way home, I had a thought to seriously consider getting rid of a majority of our toys and take seriously my "pledge" to buy handmade toys or make our own. I know this can be more expensive, but so much more exciting. It's just another idea that I might not do, but I'm seriously thinking about it. Etsy is a GREAT place to buy things and there's a ton of craft shows around too. And, hello?!? We can all be creative and make things, right?
That's all for today. Henry was up once overnight crying and woke up early so he's "resting" in his crib right now.
Could I USE anymore " " today?