Back in the game!

Life at Casa de CG has gotten back to normal; for now.

There are daily conversations about “what’s for dinner” and what’s on the Disney channel.  There are sporadic moments of raucous laughter that are often preceded by pillow fights and tickle-fests.  When I’m not looking, there are even spats between siblings that are blown way out of proportion just because.

What I haven’t seen these past few days is the return of the infamous”Tween Drama Queen.”  You know the one I’m talking about.  The one who’s annoyed with the world, closed off, and unruly for what seems to be no reason at all.  Turns out, her Royal Moodiness needed a break. (thank goodness)

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Credit: Gray Manor Photography

Since our last chat, I’ve taken some time to sit down with Shorty in hopes of hammering out the rationale behind some of her attempts at mutiny. (I’m sure you know how those talks panned out: full of silence)

So I went back to the drawing board.  This time I came up with a method that turned out to be a major home run!

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Credit: Gray Manor Photography

You see, Shorty has recently begun keeping diaries.  The fascination first began when my sister bought her one of those electronic diaries; you know the ones with the password and invisible ink pen.  Then we hit second grade, where some classmates reading the “Dork Diaries” book series, and later ran across the kid movie, Dear Dumb Diary on Netflix.  Are you noticing a theme here?  I sure did.

So, I decided to create us a joint journal.  In it, she can express herself however she wants.  She can ask questions, write poetry, and more importantly, she can communicate with me the things she’s unwilling to say.  We’ve had the journal for about two weeks, and so far so good.  The first few entries were pretty generic on her behalf, but now it seems we’re getting to the good stuff: worries about getting older, being a great big sister, and moving on to the third grade.

So, please tell me I’m not the only one looking for new solutions to an old problem.  What are some unconventional ways you adopted to help you get through to your kids.  If you don’t have your own, but you know, or take care of kids, I’m eager to hear your response as well.

 

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