Mother MAY I

May 01, 2016

I remember playing that game whenever I was little. It was also a polite way of asking things just

without the mother part. May I have this, may I have that? I’m teaching my daughter how to ask

things politely, like Please and Thank you. Its cute to hear her version of it. I’m at the point where

when she asks for things I say, “What do you say?” and she says please and before I let go of

what i’m giving her I ask now what do you say, and she responds with a thank you. Shes picking

up a lot of words and copying me when I tell her “you’re so silly” or ” you’re so funny.” Getting

smarter and smarter day after day. Its very eye opening to see the things she’s learned so quickly

at the things she sees me do or say. I have to make sure that what I am showing her and saying

is setting a good example for her. I remember when I was younger the different tactics or routines

my parents did. You kinda favor one parent over the other in certain things. Ones more strict ones

a softy, we could get away with a few things. At times my parents were the same and opposite.

Going to the store with my dad meant we might get candy at the checkout aisle if we were good in

the store. Shopping with mom was different. She didn’t buy us junk food, like in cereals, no she

bought crispix, or rice krispies (not treats). On the other hand if I wanted to do something or go

somewhere but my room wasn’t quite cleaned I’d ask mom rather than dad. Dad was strict with

disciplining, my mother was the soft one. Sometimes I wonder which of myself or my husband our

daughter would favor towards. There’s a difference in how we do the same routine for bed. When

my parents put me to bed they’d say their prayers differently and remember to this day the way

they prayed, and that’s something I want to pass on to my kids as well so that they will remember

what my prayers were with them. Such deep thoughts haha.

-LJ

 

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