I had planned a good run & swim at the gym, then hit the pool for a little bit, baths, quick lunch, and dropping kiddo at gymnastics.
God laughs at plans, right?
Began when I *had* to check something on email, +10 minutes behind.
Continued when I remember it's garbage day, and there's some attitudinal adjustment from The Firstborn re: helping....
But the recycle pick up had already happened (seriously---before 8am? yes, my bad.), +30 minutes more for loading, driving, dropping at the local recycle spot.
Finally arrive at gym parking lot...there's a squabble about hair rubber[band]s or hair clips, see there's only one clip and only one hair rubber, but they both want clips. I suppose I had some weird expectation that the 6 yo would take the more mature attitude.
Note, Miss Monkey will do just about anything to get to KidsClub, she will back-track, capitulate to what ever I might ask, do chores, run laps, just so she can get in there with the play place/big screen/Wii action.
But this is unacceptable. Since I know that she's only saying what she needs to get what she wants, I have to maintain the upper hand.
After baking in the sun for a few minutes trying to convince the Younger to let me put her hair up, I decide we'll sit in the car for a few minutes. Upon
I chuckle, "Oh, and how would that work out for you?"
I paused, "You've just shown me that KidsClub isn't for you today."
At a stop light, amidst caterwauling, she hurls a water bottle at me, it glances off my shoulder.
For an instant I see what others in vehicles around me might see from a more unconscious parent.
I calmly look over my shoulder at her, "Aren't you soooo lucky, I am such a good mama?"
Back at home now I've sent texts to all my sitters in attempt to get someone here, payment will come from Miss Ill-Manner Monkey's allowance. Otherwise she is confined to bedroom time until lunch and then gymnastics.
Of course, the Younger, has behaved like a little angel, being incredibly sweet and calm---or maybe that's just by comparison.
Oh, still a Happy Day 'cause I have all the tools and growth that I need to keep on keepin' on.