Stop yelling and just do it.
Monday, May 21, 2012
My 6 year old son does not like washing his hair. He is not so thrilled about the bath either but will put up with it if he can play in the water. He attends afternoon kinder and so can play for a long time if I will let him before school.
This morning he got up and found excuses why he should not go to school. I told him to wash and dress and then we would talk about whether or not he was going to go to school. He did not seem sick just unwilling.
He got into the bath and then yelled and complained about not wanting to wash. I told him if he hurried we could go to the store before school. He still kept playing, complaining and refusing to wash. He did not want me to wash him. After a bit I went in and washed him, helped him get out and he dressed.
As I was talking to him and trying to get him to cooperate I realized that I do the same thing. It is human nature I am sure. I yell (well OK it generally happens in my head) about not wanting to eat the healthy food or about wanting to eat the unhealthy food or about exercising. I can find excuses for all sorts of things. Now the reality is I am good at exercise and not as good about the food. I need to stop yelling. Stop arguing and just choose the easier path of good choices.
I know that I feel better when I eat well. I know that I feel better when I exercise. I know I feel better when I have done the chores. I need to do this things and stop stomping the foot of my inner-child and succeed. I have done this before and I am doing it now. I just want to move a bit faster and a bit more sure. I would like to move forward with confidence.