I had a couple of thoughts from the day. One, I had my first BLT of the season. Oh baby, it doesn't get much better than a BLT. Secondly, after having some friends came over this afternoon, I had a discussion with Lillian. Peter and I have been noting some stress/distress on her part in group situations of late. She has been acting out when she is in a group. We had dinner then ran a quick errand. I asked her what was going on this afternoon.
L: Mama, today I just wanted to play with Briggs at school and be sweet to him, but then Emma wanted to play and I didn't know what to do. It is hard to play with more than one kid.
M: Did you feel that way this afternoon with the kids from church?
L: I started feeling angry because I didn't know who to play with or who to talk to or what to do. And when you gave me a time-out I felt like everyone was looking at me and I felt worse. I think I needed a break.
So I 100% missed the mommy boat on that one. I didn't realize her need for a private break and the stress that many friends can cause. Or did I? I feel that way a lot myself and sadly didn't pick up on it in my kid. As I head to bed, I am glad for the opportunity to get up and give it another try tomorrow. I am also really glad I asked her what was going on. We may not be to the bottom of it, but we are at least getting somewhere.