A month or so ago, I bought tickets for my Mom, Savi and myself to attend the Mary Poppins Musical in Dallas. Well…Little Miss Priss has had some, ahem, “rough” days at school and with other authoritative figures (to put it mildly).
Savannah Leigh Steece is a very strong-willed, independent little girl, and is having a difficult time trying to understand that SHE is NOT in control and that the ADULTS are in charge. Fun times.
The week before the musical, Sav’s behavior at school and at home was A-W-F-U-L. I wasn’t about to reward her with a special trip to a musical.
Hardest. Thing. Ever. It KILLED me, but she HAS to learn! We have tried EVERYTHING! (taken things away like all of her stuffed animals, hair products, dress up clothes; given her things for good behavior; given the boys things for good behavior that she misses out on; sticker charts, time outs, spankings~ gasp! yes spankings for defiant disrespect; talked to her one-on-one on her level, etc.)…and nothing works.
I was tossing and turning and just so upset about it…when I thought~ “I know! I’m going to buy 2 more tickets for all of the boys to come!” And REALLY use this as a learning experience for Sav.
(Ben, Ethan, Andrew)
Joe was concerned that the boys wouldn’t enjoy the musical… to which I responded, “Dudebro, its like one of their favorite movies!”… and he agreed that something big must be done to try to “reach” Sav.
Ethan, Me, and Andrew
Ethan holding the Playbill
…and then it all went downhill from there!
Okay, Joe. You win. I will never take the boys to another musical/play again. Oh man…they were SOOOOO ready to go and it was SOOOOOO hard trying to keep them quiet for other patrons! Needless to say, we got the heck outta there at intermission! SHEESH!
Oh- and don’t feel sorry for Savannah, before we left, she went and put in the Mary Poppins DVD and was all smiles: “Mom! Take some pictures for me!” (I’m tellin’ ya…this girl is ROCK SOLID).
Sav has improved with this whole attitude and obedience thing. She goes through waves, I guess. I tell ya, this parenting thing is for the BIRDS sometimes. But Joe and I are doing our best and we are extremely consistent….so, here’s hoping that consistency and a boatload of prayer will help mold her into a beautiful, strong, independent child of God and she will use it for GOOD!
This past weekend was another BOYS DAY---but this time, it was to see Thomas the Train!…definitely more their style.