The secret of dealing successfully with a child is not to be its parent. ~Mell Lazarus
A note from Mommy:
Although I never expected parenting to be a walk in the park, I don't think I was prepared for how quickly Peyton could figure out what "buttons" to push and how often she would choose to push them! Looking back age 2 seemed like a minor blip in the grand parenting scale and then age 3 started to really test out our parenting abilities. Age 4 has been a 1 step forward 2 step back type of experience. The number one biggest issue we struggle with is Peyton's constant acting out towards the dogs. For some reason, this is a button she has been pushing since she was 2. There have been moments in the last few months that she has demonstrated how sweetly she can treat the dogs (that would be the one step forward) but then moments later she will come up and hit at them for no apparent reason (and that would be the two steps back). At times, it even seems like she is doing it without even thinking - a body memory that is so ingrained it's as if her hand or foot has a mind of it's own! There are certainly other undesirable behaviors, but this is the one we correct more than any other and for the longest amount of time.
So when the local school district was offering an 8 week parenting class for $30 a person and it happened to fall on the same night we had already scheduled respite hours each week I figured it was meant to be. Tonight was the first night but our respite nurse called out sick so a