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Picking your battles

There are days when I wonder what I got myself into becoming a parent. Most days are wonderful and Ella brings us endless amounts of joy. However, there are also days where she tests the limits and it’s all I can do be patient with her. She is very particular about certain things and has very strong opinions. I know these traits are going to serve her well as an adult. However, as someone who still needs help getting dressed in the morning, these traits are frustrating.

I learned a long time ago that it’s easier to give her choices of what to wear in the morning. Some days, I manage to give her choices that she likes to pick from and she looks pretty put together. Other days, she goes into her closet and chooses for herself. There have been days where I wonder what people must think. Her clothes don’t match and even though it’s now June, she still wears a winter toque when we go outside. These are the days when I take a deep breath and say to myself, “In five years, it won’t matter.”

When I was pregnant with Ella, Eric and I bought this great book, The Rules of Parenting by Richard Templar. We didn’t quite finish it before Ella was born, but I picked it up again the other day, and am really enjoying it. It’s comforting to know that some of the choices that I’m making as a parent are also ones that other people have made too. That choosing to be patient with her, simply models that behaviour and that she will perhaps learn that trait too.

I simply can’t put up a post without a photograph attached to it, so I’ll share with you a snap shot that I took the other day. Ella’s showing me the bobble in lion’s “hair”, so that he could have pigtails too 🙂

Happy Wednesday!

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