Do you have any memories from when you were a toddler? I think my earliest memories are from when I was 6, but every now and then I think I can see a sliver of a memory from when I was younger than that. I only ask because I feel like, lately, I'm praying that the kid won't remember the day we just had.
If I'm being honest, I don't care for summer. It's hot in South Carolina. When I was a kid, I don't remember the heat bothering me so much. I would spend hours riding my bike and building forts in the woods. My Diva of a child thinks she's going to turn into dust if she spends more than a few seconds in the heat. I get it. Most days it a very "chilly" 108* (with the heat index) and a humidity level so high that you start to "sparkle" just by looking outside. We've tried to keep busy, but honestly, it's just too hot to be outside. Every afternoon I'm doing my rain dance hoping for a thunderstorm to come cool everything off (insert Chia pet hair, I don't even care).
All of this togetherness as brought a lot of tension in our house. It actually started before all the "togetherness". When my daughter turned into a "threenager", tension started to build, but it's been significantly worse lately. Everyday, I find myself yelling, dragging her to her room because she refuses to walk, doors slamming and little feet kicking them from the other side, her crying, me crying, then lots of hugging and apologizing.
This is not how I want her to remember her childhood.
I saw this article on How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids - One Simple Tip on Pinterest a while ago and thought it may be time to put it to use. The post talks about having physical reminders for your family to be respectful. This author put yellow paper hearts all over her house, so when she felt herself getting frustrated with her kids, she could look up and find a heart and be reminded to take a breath and be calm.
I thought, "If it works for her, maybe it will work for us." So, E and I set out to Hobby Lobby to get some craft paper. She, of course, picked out "Elsa Blue" glitter paper. I walked around the house and thought of the places where we have the most problems. Her room, her bathroom, the playroom, my bathroom, the pantry (it's funny, but true), the dining table, the back door to the garage, and my car are the biggest sources of tension. Now that they are all taped up, we'll see if it helps. For me, they are a reminder of her sweet and tender heart and how she just sometimes needs some extra loving (and discipline without yelling).
I'll update you all in a month...wish us luck!