Thursday, August 4, 2011

Slow down and think

Yesterday was some day! I had been after Selah all day to slow down and think. She is a little like a bull in a china shop. She slammed into Danica several times. Once, while playing around and twice in a fit of rage, thrusting her body around or away from me and accidentally slamming into Danica. We had time outs and talks about cooling her jets. I mean what is this kid's deal anyways? Why can't she just have some sense of what is going on around her.

Well.... I had to yank the plank out of my own eye WHEN I backed out of the garage with the trunk lid up and the garage door not all the way up. WHAM!!!! Bent the whole bottom part. I was so mad at myself and so upset that Jason had to go talk with the Director of my spaced out maneuver. Thankfully he was quite gracious and did much to ease our nerves.

Now I'm not saying that I'm wrong for teaching Selah to chill out a little and try to practice self control but I think I will be more effective when I can slow down and think a little better myself.  How many of us are shooting comments and judgements at someone when we ourselves are guilty of the same thing? We judge what we know and what we can identify... can't do that unless you have personal understanding of it.

Anyhow,  I'm going to lighten and try some new strategies. Like, saying things in front of her. For example: "I need to slow down and think before I leave the house today, do I have everything packed? Is the car ready to go, IS THE GARAGE DOOR OPEN." You know, common sense stuff. It will be good for her....and me.

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