I have read that it’s good to have a bossy child because that means the child is confident. Do you think that’s true?
Then we are overflowing with confidence in the O’Brien household.
While picking up Caleb from Geering Up, Mica and I had a moment. Craig and I have been big believers in sharing the ups and downs of the day, laughing at ourselves, helping our family learn grace for our foibles from one another. So as I shared the long moments of my waiting for Mica to apologize and her screaming in the lobby of UBC Engineering building. We all, my girl included, laughed and joked about the now resolved issue. Craig said, “Oh Mica, you will learn your Mama is like a mountain; she will not be moved.” (When my brother heard this story, he wondered about the wisdom of calling one’s wife mountain. 🙂
Almost daily Mica and I look at pictures on line of her Haitian friends. The challenge is that she knows them by the name they are called, and I know the children by the names the adoptive families refer to the children and that the children will be called by. We banter playful back and forth about the children’s names.
This morning I got “rebaptized.” Mama, “Cushe!” Mama, “Aton!” when I tried to get up. Mama, “Leve!” Fortunately it’s finally warm, so I didn’t mind the water play. And really I do not mind one bit letting her have self-determinism, asserting her will – appropriately, making decisions, and requesting others to follow.
When the oldest children were preschoolers, I read a book, You Can’t Make Me, But I Can Be Persuaded. Time to read it again!