I’m always big on holding strong on boundaries and making kids follow their responsibilities.
But now that my kids are getting older, they’re realizing there’s one way to compel Mom to soften on her stance.
It all happened this afternoon. I was ready to get the kids to karate (advanced and sparring), when one of my kids suggested, hey Mom, let’s do the circle walk instead!
Now, this is a 2.4 mile walk. It was raining and very windy outside; my kids know I adore walking in such weather.
But no, I was going to be tough with responsibilities! Until, that is, said kid tickled the back of my neck.
It’s my weak spot! I just can’t think straight when they do that. And I figured, okay, well, hmmm, a 2.4 mile circle was IS exercise, and we could always go to karate tomorrow, and and and …. and the end result: we went on the walk.
Oh that was nice – the wind was fierce and the rains were lashing and my kid and I had a great conversation to boot.
Karate tomorrow – I promise!
ps – want some nifty umbrellas to boot?