This is on my nightstand. No reason.
We’d made a deal, Tessa and I. If she could go four days in a row without any arguing with me — not over clothes, homework, TV, eating, bedtime, bathtime or anything else — she could get her ears pierced early for her birthday.
(Secretly I half-predicted enough false starts to take us all the way to her 2012 birthday.)
This arrangement was set on a Thursday night.
Friday was very pleasant as Tessa was on her best behavior. Granted, during the school day she wasn’t with me, but during the times she was, I heard “OK, Mom!” over and over.
Hear that? The angel choir?
Saturday and Sunday were the same. No fights with her brother. All chores done happily. Appropriate clothing chosen. Agreeable to a fault. Toys put away.
The transformation was amazing. I no longer had to exert such control over her because she was now controlling herself.
Which, of course we noticed and praised and reinforced in every way we could think of.
I wish there were more of a plot line (well, not really), but Monday went off without a hitch, too. So Tuesday after school, Tessa and Grandma and I went where every pre-teen girl on the planet seems to go to get her ears pierced (do you know how many such videos are on YouTube??): Claire’s.
And Tessa grew up from this:
In more ways than one.
I am quite enjoying this new relationship with my very grown up girl.
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