Moody monster was for sure at our house yesterday morning. My patience was short as was hers. It seemed like what ever could go wrong did; an everything-I-opened-spilled-on-me kind of a day. So much to do, with errands to run and she desperately needed my attention. She needed to cling and I needed to not be clung to. I cut my cleaning to get ready to leave to run errands, otherwise with the moodiness we'd never leave. We had to get out of here quickly. I needed to be away from all my have to do's or I was going to get my priorities mixed up. After running to two places, I decided a mall walk would be good for both of us! Realized we needed some alone time.
The mall near us is on the small side but because it's close to us thought it was a great opportunity to just get out, just the two of us. We picked up some stuff for Father's Day, and window shopped while walking two laps. Towards the end of our walk, I let her out of her stroller so she could do some walking and hopefully make her nap ready when we got home. She was so proud to be out of her stroller and walking around; she would say "hi" to all that she wobbled-ran past. She made others smile. She made me smile.
Safety becoming the priority, she was pissed when I placed her back in her stroller to get back to the car. I whipped out a bottle of milk and her frustration quickly disappeared. Pat on the back. It was a great mom decision for me to say heck with this moody monster and recognize we both needed to get away. This quick decision to mall walk also made my frustration disappear. Nice feeling of confidence in my parenting ability. Also, this is a good record to have as a reminder I am a good mom for when the day arrives having made a not so good decision or proof for her when her teen (pre teen or tween) mouth has her touting I'm the worst mother ever. Moody monster 0, Mom 1