Parenting Stinks

She rested her head on the pillow next to mine and we gazed at each other, nose-to-nose.

She calls it “girl talk.”

I call it the most precious moment of the day.

We meander through casual topics, silly stories, hard questions, and the concerns of a tender-hearted five-year-old.

 

Tonight I do the talking.

<Deep breath>

 

“Peanut, we had a tough day today.  We both made some bad choices.”

<Flashback to her slamming doors, both of us raising voices, and general mother-daughter misery.>

 

“I shouldn’t have used my angry voice.  I wasn’t the kind of mommy I want to be today. And I’m sorry”

<Mental image of B walking in on one of our interchanges and giving me the “YOU need the time out” look.>

 

I hope we can both wake up with a better attitude and make better choices.  I’m looking forward to starting over with you tomorrow.”

 

She smiled and slowly nodded her head.

Then Peanut replied, “Mom?  I have to tell you something and I need you to listen.”

 

Me, hopeful, “Yes, sweetie?”

 

“Your breath stinks.”

 

<shocked silence>

 

“Goodnight, Peanut.”

 

“Goodnight, Mom.”

 

Breath mint, anyone?

 

Source

Adding this entry to Morgan’s Motherhood Exposed linky.  Because Parenting stinks.

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