We were on the cusp of being late for school this morning. As only happens when we’re running a tad late, Ava had trouble buckling her carseat this morning, and I had to get out of the car to help her. I had mentioned that we needed to hurry a couple of times. As I hurriedly clicked the buckles on her seat, I was completely unaware of my demeanor or my facial expressions. My sweet little sensitive Ava all of a sudden started to tear up.
“It seems like you’re really mad Mama.”
I softened my face and looked her straight in the eye.
“Look at me. Are these mad eyes?”
“I’m not mad even a single little bit.”
I got back in the car and started driving. As we started to exit our neighborhood, genius struck.
“Ava, I’m really glad that you told me that you thought I was mad. I don’t know what’s bothering you lots of times, and if you don’t tell me I won’t know and I can’t help fix it. So thank you for telling me sweetie.” And then I caught a glimpse of her million dollar smile in the rearview. Folks, that’s what it’s all about.
What is your favorite parenting moment from this week?