Today's Wednesday's Words come from A Mother's Book of Secrets by Linda Eyre and Shawni Eyre Pothier:
"So the secret is, say "Whatever"...and say it a lot. Life is crazy as a mother. You have to pick your battles carefully. There are some things that are essential to ingrain into these precious minds. Children need to know we love them unconditionally. They need to know they can trust us. They need to feel safe. But the minutia of life: I say, "Whatever." As long as the important stuff is intact, I'm good with that!"I need to say "Whatever" more often...usually my go to response to things is "No" or "We'll see" which often creates a battle. So when Kaylee asks if she can get out the paints, when Aaron wants to wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants that totally clash in 80 degree weather, and when Nathan wants me to read him the same book that I have read for the past 4 nights in a row; I am going to try to say "Whatever". Life is too short to say no to everything!
Here are some "Whatever" moments that we caught:
I caught Aaron playing with the baby powder..."Whatever, thanks for making your carpet small nice and fresh."
Nathan really enjoying his first birthday cake...it was a HUGE mess, but "Whatever, will you lick the counter and chair clean when you are done with that plate?"
Kaylee playing dress up with Nathan...I think that Nathan is thinking "Whatever, at least she is playing with me".
Kaylee let her Dad do her hair..."Whatever, retro 80's is coming back...right?"
Nathan finding new uses for a popcycle stick..."Whatever, have at it buddy!"
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