Monday, October 24, 2016

Be Nice

"Say you're sorry for yelling at me, Mom. No, say it nicely this time."

Through gritted teeth and at the sake of both mine and my loving three-year-old's sanity, I apologize once again while we wait parked in the car line. There's nowhere to run. There's nowhere to hide. Who knows what brought my sweet, motherly demeanor to its breaking point. It could have been picking up a Paw Patrol book she dropped for the 19th time, saying her hair looks pretty instead of curly, or even opening her Capri Sun before her goldfish.

Whatever it was, I didn't do it right.

And when I do something incorrectly a certain number of times in a row, I tend to lose my cool with my sweet daughter. Arguments at any time, in any place can reach fever pitch with this little lady {don't warn me about the teenage years - I already know}, but she's the one who always reminds us to play fair.

Often my sickeningly-sweet pseudo-niceness that comes after she demands I "be nice" doesn't work for her. She sees right through it and will command me to "be nice" over and over again. Sometimes I get high and mighty and start the diatribe of "I am 32 years old. I am the parent. I don't have to do what a three-year-old says." But then it hits me that all she's wanting me to do is be nice.

The arguments we get into are ridiculous, and many of the demands requests my darling daughter makes are the same. However, I think I owe it to her to be nice. It doesn't hurt, it's 100% free, and Lord knows it saves the whole bunch when I can be like Elsa and let it go. If you have never been witness to the parenting of a three-year-old, know this: you can't always win. Why not just be nice?

I'm not going to get on this little mom blog and spew my political stances with an agenda of changing the minds of those who disagree. I am well aware this is the Internet and it doesn't work that way. However, I will make one single announcement this election season: Listen to Nora. Be nice.

There are going to be so many people shouting vile things from behind keyboards in the days to come, but I urge us all to just be nice. No matter how irritating the argument may get {I swear if I have to pick that book up one more time...}, be nice. If you can't, disengage. That's how I am trying to navigate life with a mule-headed toddler.

Funny how the same ideas apply so equally to politics...

Have a Happy Monday, y'all!

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1 comment:

Pat said...

Lol, wonder where she got that demeanor from? Now, say it nicely ;-) The things they learn from parents and relatives.