I know this child quite well though and I know how tough it is for her sometimes. There are days when she wants to run around the house and trash everything and not put it away, she never wants to do her chores. Other days she wants to jump up and down, punch walls, scream, yell, swear and cry. For the most part she never does any of this. It has taken awhile to get her to behave appropriately.
As tempting as it was I never smacked her, I never did controlled crying and I never abused her. Five years ago she was out of control, she would tantrum and fight with Beren and Nienna non bloody stop! And yeah, she started her fair share of fights I tell you! I must say it was tempting at times to do her in and bury her in the darkness of the back yard, she was a right royal pain in the arse!
However, someone told me it was time to stop and take a look at what was happening. She simply wanted a little attention. That was all. Beren and Nienna got all the attention and I was guilty of child neglect with this wee little one.
After some time, I started to pay attention to her, it didn't come easily as I had ignored her for so long. But I tried my hardest to really focus on her when she mucked up, to actually ask what was it she needed. It wasn't that difficult actually! I was surprised, all she wanted was a little rest time, quiet, time out even. She wanted to feel loved and to be spoilt occasionally just like the other two were.
Well, hey I thought, I can do that. Sheesh, the other two get it so why shouldn't she! And, as the nurturing started and became more regular it became easier. In fact, I rarely heard from her, except for the occasional reminder. Which if things get busy and hectic she tends to be the last on the list and she sure as hell reminds me that she is still there.
We all have this extra child lurking. When ever you are tired and the kids are being feral stop and see how you feel;
Am I right? Well you need to stop and listen to her as she is feeling forgotten.
That inner child inside all of us mothers needs attention too, we need to mother ourselves to be effective mothers.
Don't forget YOU!
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