5 Things That Actually Happened This Week and the Lessons I Learned
1. My 5-year-old became . . .
Lesson: From what I can tell so far, 6-year-olds whine just as much as 5-year-olds, and, somehow, have even more attitude.
2. My 6-year-old received an Elsa dress from her grandparents as a birthday gift.
And now there is glitter EVERYWHERE, particularly in my bed where my 6-year-old decided to jump and thrash her cape around immediately after putting on said Elsa dress.
Lesson: Whoever makes Disney-brand apparel does not care one bit about its consumers' furniture/flooring/non-Disney apparel. Also, I'm going to wake up looking like a stripper for the foreseeable future
3. While walking out of the bathroom, my socks slipped on the wood floor and I ended up laying in my hallway (I realize that slip-and-falls are a theme of my life).
Instead of making sure I was okay, my then-5-year-old, grabbed my phone and snapped this flattering picture of me:
Lesson: I have succeeded in teaching my daughter a vital lesson of the Facebook and Instagram Age: it's more important to capture the moment than to make sure your loved-one hasn't broken a bone.
4. My 6-year-old and I took a trip to Target to pick out a birthday present for her best friend and to pick up a few things I "needed." When I asked my daughter what we should look at first, she said:
"Your stuff because it's more important."
Which was incredibly sweet. And also entirely wrong - the "important" stuff I "needed" was Spanx and eyeshadow.
Lesson: Next time my full-of-attitude 6-year-old gives me a big dose of side-eye in response to a completely reasonable question (like, "what would you like for lunch?"), I need to take a deep breath and remember that she can actually be sweet sometimes.
5. Against my husband's wishes, I wore a jumpsuit to our friends' wedding (a fabulous jumpsuit, I might add). While there, I asked a male friend for some support on the jumpsuit issue.
His valuable input: "It's fine . . . You look like a mom."
Lesson: There may be times when the phrase, "You look like a mom," feels like a compliment. A rare night away from the kids is not one of them.
Here is the infamous jumpsuit - I know you are curious: