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"Murphy was an optimist!"

Parenting – nothing harder November 27, 2007 9:20 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Amy, Cathy, Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad
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I woke up late this morning. Amy and I would have to leave in 2 minutes to catch the bus. Wasn’t going to happen but getting to school on time in the carpool would be no problem. Well, one would think. Amy and I could not agree on her outfit. Need a tough negotiator? Send in a 5 year old! My patience ended up being tried and lost. I was outwitted by a child and my primordial reaction was to get gruff, raise my voice, and shove her to the car. Bad dad. Of course, she needed clothing so I tossed her anything and declared, "go ahead. Look like a clown." Certainly not a tv dad today! Fortunately, Mom rose from the dead, fighting back her nausea, to save Amy. She gently helped her get attired in clothing Amy liked. She wiped her tears, gave her a hug, scowled at me, and we were on our way. Amy arrived at school 16 minutes late which in the grand scheme of things was not worth one ounce of the stress I caused this morning. Coincidentally, one of her teachers was in the office and cheerfully greeted her. After asking Amy if she was ready for fun gym, she escorted her to class. Please have a great day Amy. I’m going to start mine over.

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1. the other juggling Doug - November 27, 2007

We all go there. Some slow learners (like me) go there more often than other people. Take care.

2. sam - November 27, 2007

It’s a hard to judge line between wanting our kids to wear what they want while wanting them to look somewhat well dressed. I tend too often to be strict about the most pointless of things with my own kids. We really do create much unneeded stress over the most important things.