Maybe it's time for a chalkboard wall, eh?
So this is my new project. I was inspired by styleberry BLOG's Project 52 last year and decided to do it myself in 2012. Each week I will use one photograph and a corresponding word or phrase that fits the theme of parenting. At the end of the year I'll have 52 pages for a book. I love that the work gets spread out over a year - unlike the way Week in the Life ends up being a huge project once it's over. I also like that this project will make me pause in the midst of life's chaos and think about parenting. A forced moment of reflection each week will be a good thing and the resulting book of memories will be treasured.
(Today I appear to be dripping with sap, as though I stood under a maple tree. "Treasured"? FORGIVE! AM SICK!)
Now the backstory for this week's picture. It was definitely not the best picture, but it was the most representative. (And in case you were wondering what she is wearing that would be her "baby Oliver in a carrier" A.K.A. a stuffed dog in a maternity support belt - ha!) Bella has been very, how should I put this...TWO lately. She tests limits and doesn't listen and then does something naughty or hurts herself and ay yi yi! And then she does it again. So we say no or count to three or ask her to listen or remind her to stop whining or give time outs. Or maybe all of them at the same time. Again and again and again. It's tough on her and tough on us.
But with us staying disciplined with consistently disciplining her, I think we'll be better off in the long run. That the theory anyway! Oh, but it's soooooo hard. We had a long pediatrician appointment for Oliver this week and Bella was very good, but started getting very antsy at the end. This was understandable. So as an incentive I told her she could watch a Dora episode when we got home if she cooperated with me and listened and did what I asked as we were leaving. She listened carefully and agreed to do as I asked, but then she chose to run away from me - twice. Thus no Dora and tantrumming. I would have given anything for the 24 minutes of peace Dora would have brought, but instead I held firm and guess what? Now when I say "You need to listen and do what I ask you" she is following through more often than not.
And while we are on the topic of discipline, Husband and I have continued to be quite disciplined with our own goals. We stuck to non-processed foods this week and being productive as time and energy allowed. Thinking it will pay off for us in the long run, too. (Ah, but I WAAAANT a piece of crappy grocery store cake.)
Anyone else want to tackle this project this year?