So many times, our kids give us a glimpse into our own parenting. I remember when Noah was little he put one of his stuffed animals in a time out. It gave me a view into how he looked upon my job as disciplinarian.
But even that didn't prepare me for Aaron, the thinker that he is.
I was getting out of the shower Tuesday morning, and I saw him stomping off into Noah's bedroom with Man Bear (the name of his stuffed bear) in tow.
The first thing he did was close the blinds on both windows
and then tucked Man Bear into the covers
I asked him why he was putting man Bear to bed, and he said,
"Man Bear needs to go to bed because he was whining"
Then he insisted that I go give him a hug and kiss good night, which I did.
For the next ten minutes or so, I was required to speak softly to allow Man Bear to fall asleep.
I also wonder if this is a way of trying to gain some control when they feel like have none. Aaron is really struggling with listening to authority right now, fighting back in any way he can, using very unpleasant words and making the meanest faces, and even reaching out and slugging me at times when he is really overwhelmed and frustrated. I have been trying to hard to keep calm about it, but I don't believe I have always been successful. I know it's a phase and it will surely pass, as it did for his brother.
I wonder if I can find more ways like this little episode above to provide him with more opportunities to feel in control of his world, then he won't feel the need to challenge everything he is asked to do.
Or maybe not...he is four after all.
Have a great Thursday.