It must be tough being my daughter.
Maybe because I’ve no help at home, I expect Faith to be able to take care of herself, dress herself, feed herself, etc and I find myself unable to tolerate any ‘accident’ from her.
I forgot that she’s just a 39MO girl and that her motor skills, be it fine or gross, are still developing.
The other day, she peed out of her potty, thereby dirtying the floor and she got screamed at. I had cleaned the toilet twice that morning and thinking of having to clean it again irritated me.
I rushed out dinner that evening, thinking that I could finally relax since the hubs would be back soon and the girl had to knock the bowl of soup over. Oh, the table and the floor! Oh, oily stuff! Oh my!
I lashed out at her, “How old are you already? Are you still a baby? Can’t you eat properly?”
I lost it. Awful mom!
She had to endure my madness that day and I felt like a terrible mom. Oh Lord, I can’t do it anymore.
When I regained my sanity after a much-needed jog, I realised that this girl that God has blessed me with is indeed a wonderful gift. This book ‘Little Miss, Big Sis’ tells why.
She’s my great supporter when I was pregnant with the boy and together, we received her brother with joy.
She adores her brother from day 1.
Her love for him never wavers, no matter how much scolding she got because of him.
She sings to him, knowing that he will appreciate her songs.
And yes, this is true.
Not only does she supports her brother, she supports me by helping out whenever I need it. It could be simple things like getting a handkerchief to clean the drool off her brother’s mouth or clearing up the bathtub after cleaning the boy.
When I saw this book in the library, I knew I had to borrow and read it to Faith. The words are simple and the illustrations clear. Young children would be able to understand the story easily. Faith could identify with the experiences in the story. The above picture was taken rather spontaneously when I was reading to them. The girl was giggling all the way.
I think it’s only right to commend her for a job well done. She is truly a Little Miss, Big Sis.
I thought this book is good for girls who have been promoted to be big sisters to their siblings. We could also help them to anticipate what is to come as the baby grows. Manage their expectations, I say.
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