Sunday, January 08, 2006

GROWING UP AND OUT



















Tantrums at Six
J.B. Rowell


Once I could convince
her to calm down
stop the shuddering
with tight wrapped arms
rocking and bursts of air

shh shh shh

now I am the problem
for not giving in and
I try to explain that I
would be a bad mommy
if I said no then yes

just to make it stop

she retreats into
the person she is becoming
and I can’t go with
as she closes her door
turns on her music box

2 Comments:

Anonymous n said...

6 year olds can be tricky, especially with daughters. Thank goodness it is a phase and will pass. Hang in there.

9:47 AM, January 10, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

n,
Thanks. It's actually quite amazing how both rely on themselves, and each other, more and more. The trick for me is finding the balance between being there for them and letting them work it out on their own.
Julia

7:10 PM, January 10, 2006  

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