It was dress up day at dance class yesterday for Adeline.
She was super excited to wear her Cinderella dress with her tap shoes...
and I was double super excited to watch her tap around like a princess.
Girls are so much fun!
Adeline is such a true blessing, but this age combined with her strong will has been so challenging for Philip and me. We keep praying for God to guide us in his will for our parenting, and we've been spending an increased amount of time in prayer with Adeline about her behavior too.
She sure does look like nothing but sweetness, innocence, and adorable in these photos, but ya'll this girl can be one fiesty chicky.
My heart broke when I was walking her back to the car after dancing yesterday.
Her teacher told me she's having trouble listening to instructions of staying on her tape (her marked spot) so she lost her balance beam privileges. I wasn't completely surprised, and although I was a little disappointed, she is actually making improvement.
Then another little girl pointed at her and said, "Mommy, that girl is BAD!"
[Yea, I totally have THAT kid]
Luckily Addie didn't hear, because although she is very capable of behaving badly quite often, she is not bad.
She's a very good child, who chooses to sometimes behave badly.
Her mother's reply after looking at me and laughing was, "Shut up, girl, you bad too!"
It makes my skin crawl when people call their children bad.
It makes my skin crawl and my claws come out when I hear people call my child bad, and we've even have family say so.
Children are precious, amazing gifts from God and while we ain't tryin' to fool anyone around here... she can behave all kinds of bad, but she is not bad.
Last week Adeline threw two of her worst fits on record. They were Category 5s, while most of her tantrums are category 1 or 2s. She can be moody, rude, unpredictable, and sometimes obnoxious.
and we're working on that.
she is also:
loving, kind, generous, thoughtful, nurturing, charismatic, independent, precious, intelligent, and beautiful amongst many other incredible qualities.
I guess what I'm just trying to say is that parenting is hard.
I've got to have patience and grace with her though.
My heavenly Father sure does with me, and Lord knows I don't deserve it.