Sunday, September 12, 2010

Managing expectations

I think hubby and I have a difficult time managing/controlling our expectations of G and A.  I mean...they are, after all, only almost 6 and almost 4......and for the most part they aren't really all that bad....but sometimes.they.just.push.all.of.our.buttons.

I'm not even sure that I can give any examples right now.

I mean, kids whine right?  Am I to expect that they won't?  Or that they will stop whining when I ask them not to?

However, when I ask G or A to get dressed, I do fully expect them too.  Same with brushing their teeth.

But many times I think we expect too much from them.  I think we forget they they get tired and hot just like we do....

This post is deteriorating...I had it written in my head days ago and now I've forgotten more of it.

But tell me, how do you manage your expectations of your children?


  1. It's a tough one. And I keep trying to remind myself that they are just kids. But as a parent I am constantly worried- I mean, if they don't turn out right and end up on springer, who do you think they will blame? Right?

  2. I agree with you Alicia....however, in the same token, like you said...they are kids...and don't we want them to have fun. It breaks my heart to heart G tell me that I'm mean. And I grew up thinking my father didn't like me...I don't want the same for my girls. They are 6 and 4 (almost) should be fun.

    On the other hand....they need boundaries and rules in order to be safe and respectful.