It’s been one of those weeks where you get to the end and can’t quite work out what’s kept you so busy, but you’re exhausted anyway!
It was a long weekend here (Martin Luther King Day followed by a teacher Professional Development day), which was lovely. My husband had been away for a few days, and didn’t get back until Sunday evening, so having Monday and Tuesday off meant that we had our ‘weekend’ a couple of days late. We relaxed, pottered around the house, enjoyed breakfast in one of our favourite cafes. Perfect.
Then, three days of school passed in a flash (although it felt like five!) and suddenly it was Friday again.
My little girl doesn’t go to preschool on a Friday, and I really look forward to our morning together. Just the two of us.
Last week, it didn’t go to plan… After a dance class where her behaviour was SO awful – spirited, ha! challenging, willful and cheeky more like! – the rest of the day was less than stellar.
This week, she was under strict instructions to behave at dance. There was even a pinky promise.
And, I may have bribed her. Just a little. Traditionally we go to Starbucks for a treat after dance. Last week we didn’t. Obviously. This week she asked if we could go to Dunkin Donuts. I said we could, but only if she was on her very best behavior.
To be fair, she did really well, and we both enjoyed our pink iced doughnuts.
Part of me feels that I shouldn’t be rewarding her for simply doing what she SHOULD be doing. But, I do understand that she still finds it difficult to regulate and control her extrovert nature in situations where she needs to be one of the group rather than an individual.
I have to remind myself that she is only four, and she’s working hard on learning the appropriate behaviour in lots of different situations. It must be confusing at times.
So, I will continue to buy her the odd pink doughnut to show how proud I am when I can see that she’s trying her best.
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