Things that Will Happen Today…Maybe

I had big plans for this morning.  Edit Part 3 of Journey to Ariadne and post it.  Yeah, that’s not likely to happen.

So, what’s the problem?  My daughter is hanging all over me.  She refuses to play on her own, which she was doing the moment before I sat down to edit.  She seems to have a kind of write-dar (writing radar?).  She’ll play happily on her own, but whenever I go to my computer to do any kind of writing, she comes over to me and begs me to play with her.  I don’t know how she does it.

So, here are some things I plan to do today, but may be completely disrupted by my daughter:

  • Edit Journey to Ariadne part 3 and post it.
  • Write contributor pages for those who have sent their bios to me.
  • Send out November questions to those who have given me their email addresses.
  • Write a review of The Somali Doctrine.

I’ll interrupt this list with something new.  My daughter just tied up a measuring tape into knots, and is now throwing a tantrum because I put it away.

And now she’s called me over because a tear dripped on the floor.

Okay, she’s over her tantrum now, and I can continue writing this.


She came over to me and is now crying.

I think I’ll end this post.  Comments are welcome.  I’d love to read them.  It would lighten the mood.

7 thoughts on “Things that Will Happen Today…Maybe”

  1. When my boys were young I read something that helped and I’ll pass it on. I believe it was James Dobson, and roughly paraphrased here: he shared his belief that God in his infinite wisdom only lets children’s stages (like your daughter’s) last for a maximum of six months, hopefully less. Then they grow out of it, and you get a break. Punch line was otherwise the species would not survive. Perspective.

    1. Haha. We wouldn’t survive because we’d go insane? 🙂 She’s been in the “no” stage for more than 6 months, unfortunately. It’s only gotten worse.

      1. Well, she might just be a strong willed child then! Any stubbornness in the genes? I had two of those guys. I found that making time to listen and redirect, rather than trying to deflect is what I finally learned. And acceptance that it was in their nature. Good news, though, even when it seems the stubborn (strong willed) child is not listening, understanding, or accepting what the parent is saying, teaching, sharing, it goes in, and they process it.
        There’s a power struggle at work! And because your child has all day to plan and focus on you, her main target/test subject, and you are trying to accomplish some things, guess who usually “wins?”
        Parenting is one of the hardest things in the universe, imho!

        1. Definitely hard. But we don’t give in to her. We’re pretty strict about whether she gets to do something or not, especially at this stage. She needs to learn limits. When she’s older, I’ll probably be more lenient as she gains freedom.

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