Parents, everywhere, if this kid can listen, absorb, and change behavior accordingly, then guess what: this parenting thing isn't impossible after all. We can make a difference and -- dare to hope -- raise contributing members of society!
Little T came to me the other day and said:
"Mama, I'm having a lot of maturement lately!
I just put my shoes away the first time you asked! And I was going to yell at you from the couch to bring me more food, but I got up and made it myself instead! I even warmed it up in the microwave and put the parmesan cheese on and everything! And I was really mad at Sam, but I didn't even yell! I just took a breath and it all went away!
I'm so maturement!"
(While not a fan of the exclamation point, I find it necessary here. While she may be getting "more maturement" she is also only getting louder with age.)
This is so exciting, people. This is proof that my words do not fall on deaf ears and that I can, in fact, bend these children to my will. Every mother deserves some sign of encouragement like this at least once a decade (which is about how often we get them). With these words in my ears, I just might make it to her 16th birthday!
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All that maturity aside, she still hijacks my phone with some regularity. More baby steps.