Thursday, November 27, 2008

Most Thankful For...

On this wonderful Thanksgiving day I have so much to be thankful for, but I am the most thankful for my family. I know everyone feels that same way, but I think mine is the best. I couldn't imagine my days without them. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Love this Boy!

We have a new toy at our house and Traxton loves it. He will sit up in the little bumbo for quite a while looking at things going on around him. I actually wanted to wait and buy him one for Christmas, but I am too cheap and didn't want to spend almost forty dollars on something I will only use with this little guy. Thanks to my wonderful friend, Chelsea, I didn't have to. The only problem is now trying to keep my older kids out of it.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Parenting Stress

First off our computer is giving us problems so I can't download my halloween pictures. You will just have to wait for them until we get it fixed. Hopefully it will be soon.
Secondly, I am really struggling right now with knowing the right way to handle a situation going on with Ashten. We have a couple of neighbor girls who are Ashten's age and they play together pretty good for the most part. Lately the little girls have been so mean to Ashten and I don't know what to do. I actually watched them both reach out at the same time and push her the other day. I almost died. You probably could have seen smoke coming out of my head. I will admit that I am not one of those mothers who can just say "play nicely" and look the other way. I wish I could be a little more like that. I basically yelled at them and told them never to touch her again. I try to convince Ashten to stay away from them, but she just wants to play and be included even if they are being so mean to her. It makes me so sad just thinking about it. When I told Jared about them pushing her, he was more upset than I was. He told her that if anyone ever pushes her again to push them back. He also told Treyson to do the same. I am torn between not wanting to teach my kids to be aggresive and not wanting them to be bullied. Jared said he will not have one of his kids be a victim and I agree, but I also don't know that just pushing them back will always be the answer. Especially with all of the violence you see between kids at school. Just the other day I saw a internet video of two girls fighting. I don't want that to be my daughter in a few years, but I also think that if she wasn't so sweet she wouldn't get bullied around. Today she was playing with one of the girls and she crashed on her bike and was crying. I looked out the window to see the neighbor girl stick out her tongue at Ashten as she rode past. Who does that? She is only four. I have been trying to find other things for Ashten to do so that she won't want to play with them, but whenever she sees either girl outside, she wants to go play. I try to tell her not to because they won't be nice, but she always wants to. I don't think it is fair to punish Ashten and not let her go out to play because they are so mean, but seeing how they treat her makes me so sad and mad. I really don't know what to do and would love some ideas on how to handle mean girls. Please help!!!