This evening after work, I took Little Man (4) to the dollar store. He was enthralled by the hundreds of helium Valentines decorating the store and wanted to race through the store with all of them (who wouldn’t?). As he excitedly bounced around the aisle, clutching dozens of balloon strings in his fists, I calmly explained that if he got all the strings knotted up and wrecked the balloons, we’d be paying for them out of his birthday money. He immediately released all but one balloon and politely walked to the cash register with his Mylar treasure.
As we were getting in the car, an older couple walked up to us. The man said, “You’re a good mom. The way you helped your boy understand his actions was really neat. Keep up the good work.” Then the couple walked away.
So, to that gentleman, whoever you are: thank you for taking a moment to encourage a tired mom. I needed that. Parenting is hard work, especially with a spirited and impulsive little fella who needs to understand the “why” of every situation. You made my day.