I really do love being a mother, but no one ever told me that the way people view your children could impact you so much. I had parent teacher conferences today. I dread them. Every time I have to face one of Reanne's teachers I know exactly what they are going to say to me. She is doing really well academically...but her behavior is horrible. And then they go on to tell me exactly why they don't appreciate my daughter in their class.
Today I finally said to her teacher, "I do work on behavior all the time at home. I just happen to have a daughter that is very verbal." She then told me, "It's OK to be verbal. She just needs to know what is appropriate." Thank you Mrs. Nelson. I had no idea. I've only had to deal with her temper tantrums and sassy mouth for 6 1/2 years now. But I appreciate your advise.
So after every conference I go home feeling like I am an inexperienced, failing mother. I hate it. If only she had children of her own...perhaps she would be a little more understanding. But lets face it, even if she had children and they acted perfectly in public places, she still wouldn't understand. And I would have been the exact same way if I didn't have a little spirit assigned to me that happened to be a spitfire of a personality. So, if anyone else out there wonders why she acts the way she does - we're working on it!