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Monday, November 19, 2007
Sugar AND Spice
Lately, I have shared several stories about my Best Girl. Some of you have responded that my kids are so sweet. Much of the time, they are. However, I wouldn't want you to get the idea that we don't have our share of frustrations. As a matter of fact, we are currently experiencing a problem with my Best Girl. My daughter didn't have any separation anxiety for three years. She has always gone willingly to Bible class, the nursery at the Y, school, etc... Unfortunately, we have entered a new era. Now, she's experiencing separation anxiety, and she also has a longer memory and a very stubborn will. Recently, I left her at school (she goes two times a week for three hours). She was not happy when I left, and she cried for a little while. When I arrived to pick her up, she handed me this. I asked, "Why is your pumpkin wearing a frown?" She replied, "Because I was mad that you left me." Oh yes, I forgot. She's a female! When my son gets upset, he gets over it and goes on to have a fun time. Not so with my little girl. She's going to hold onto it and try to punish everyone who had a part in her sadness. In the last week, this problem has gotten much worse. She wails and screams anytime I leave her. Hours before we go somewhere, she will start saying, "I don't want to go to..."; she repeats this over and over, attempting to convince me to change my mind about our plans. As I am sure you can imagine, listening to her say the same thing repeatedly for several hours tests my patience. The last two times we have gone to church, she has attended the adult Bible class. I let her come with me, but she has to sit quietly and still, and I bring nothing to amuse her. (FYI, we have separate Bible classes for adults and children, but we all worship together. This means she is with the grown-ups for two hours instead of one.) I feel sure that she will eventually decide her class is a much better option. Today she said, "Mommy, you didn't even sing any fun songs in your class!" As frustrating as this has been, I will admit that I am thankful she likes to be with me. I was putting her to bed recently, and I asked, "Why do you cry when I take you to class? Mommy always comes back." She replied, "But Mommy, I just want to be with you all the time. You're my best friend!" I plan to remind her of this when she is 13!


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