I just screamed, “Don’t yell at your brother!” through the house at my daughter.
I screamed it.
From that guttural, icky place of anger. From that, “I have my period!” place. Not the calm place of discipline. Word-of-the-day? Hypocritical.
Typically I am calm.
Fortunately, through many ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) classes and a very reliable and patient husband (who was raised by “normal” parents, no offense mom, I love you to the moon and back) I’ve acquired a firm, slightly louder voice that is direct and usually puts an end to whining. It’s my “authoritative” not “authoritarian” parent voice. Bonus points.
But when I get my period, that voice gets very scared and hides in a corner with a bag of chocolate chips and rocks herself back and forth. That’s because Creepy Cat Lady moves into my body when I get my sweet, love-being-a-woman period. *smiles through gritted teeth*
Creepy Cat Lady is an old-bitty with giant red lips, slouched shoulders, cotton candy hair, and eyes like the barrels of two guns. She wears sweatpants with blouses. She doesn’t understanding children, expects them to be small adults who are quiet and only ask a question once.
She thinks children should respond to the answer NO, eat what is served, and leave toys untouched after they’ve been put away. And if they don’t, she screeches and hisses and shows her fangs. Creepy Cat Lady scares me. I usually hide in the corner with my “authoritative” voice until Creepy Cat Lady leaves.
I could use some tools to reason with Creepy Cat Lady.
What do you do when you need more information about parenting? When you want more tools? When Creepy Cat Lady gets transported into your body and takes over your home? Yes, she could take a bath and eat chocolate chips with me in the corner. But that doesn’t really change her unpredictable outbreaks, her screeching and hissing at young children.
A friend of mine is going to this parenting conference on April 13th. What do you think? Does it look like it could give me some tools on days when I’m feeling, “not so fresh?” I want to be the best parent I can be and I can’t do that on my own. I need advice from other parents, people who have been there. I want my children to be empowered and feel loved and capable. Most of the time I do an ok job. But not all the time.
Check this information out. I think I’m going to attend. Have you gone to anything like this and found success?
Friday, April 13, 2012, 7 to 9 p.m.
Falcon Ridge Middle School, 12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley
$10 per person ($15 per couple) in advance
$15 per person ($20 per couple) at the door
Childcare is NOT provided
Door open at 6:30 p.m. A dessert reception will follow the conference.