Thursday was an awful day for me. Temper tantrums soaked every bit of the day. Every time I turned around someone was throwing a toy, someone was stealing a toy, someone was hitting someone else and once again the tears started ~ not always tears from the kids either.
Naptime came around and there my daughter was yelling and screaming at the top of her lungs beating her tiny yet very strong feet against the back of her door and yelling for Jesus or Daddy to come rescue her from mommy's dreaded naptime.
She doesn't sleep in her bed so she doesn't get a good night or day sleep. She sleeps behind her bedroom door on the floor, we can not get her to sleep in her bed no matter what we threaten she just won't. She's a very strong willed daughter which makes her very strong willed momma stressed and worn out at the end of every day.
As I type this there are more tears and screaming from both of my children headed off to bed. Maybe their overly tired..maybe they just want to be difficult, who knows.
During days/nights like this it's very hard to focus on what was good about the day but a very good friend nudged me to remember the good of today.
1) A friend gave my daughter some new-to-us dresses. They are beautiful. We get all of our clothes from thrift stores and garage sales. Needless to say, my daughter felt like a princess and as she twirled around our living room floor in each new dress, I felt like a very proud momma too.
2) The fact that she tried on each dress (there were about 6) without getting frustrated.
3) The look on her face when she saw the princess shoes, and princess skirt sparkly and beautiful.
4) The kisses I got from letting her try on the dresses and letting her keep the skirt and shoes on for the whole day.
5) Talking and praying with my daughter to ask God to help her not get so angry when things don't go her way. She's 3, she enjoyed praying but it worked to help me as her mother