Me: (noticing a really nice birthday party favor in Liam’s bag) Liam, whose birthday did you celebrate at school today?
Liam: Oh, we celebrated Elvinia’s birthday today
Me: I see. I’ve not heard you mention her name before. Is she a new classmate?
Liam: No mom, she’s an old classmate. She was a new classmate long time ago, but now she’s an old classmate.
Me: Liam, stop running about when you’re dripping wet (he was chasing after his little brother and ran straight out of the shower). Go and dry yourself and change up before playing. Do you know why you have to dry yourself first?
Liam: Yeah, because that’s the way it is. (a line which I conveniently use whenever I don’t have an answer)
Guess who got owned.
On the parenting front, Mr. 5 has been using “whatever” more frequently than his “please” and “thank yous”. I am still in search of a better response than “don’t whatever me” which I internalize inside my “mommy brain”.
Also, a parenting read on building resilience if you’re looking for some comfort to tide you through ’em rough tantrum, crying moments. It does not have the perfect solution for when it happens in public spaces and you start getting disapproving looks from others, but this article spoke to my heart nonetheless, and I hope it’d do the same for you.