In about 11 days, Amelia starts the first grade and I’ve got the jitters. All of this was brought home by a playdate where she got to see all her former kindergarten teacher and friends. (BOYS, ALL BOYS, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HER FRIENDS. HELP!!) There she was, having a great time, ignoring boundaries by running into the middle of a kiddie little league game, climbing, doing the “boy yell”, and tightrope walking, when suddenly I noticed her butt: her freshly changed pullup had soaked through.
Sigh. Did I mention that after 7 days of potty training, the only thing that’s successfully been achieved is a lot more laundry. (Jo Frost, are you there? Maybe I should apply?)
And while she is strong of both mind and body (I’m not exaggerating here, last week she picked up the coffee table) , I worry that she will be teased. In addition for about 3 or more years now, I have worried that my little beauty and my affectionate extrovert will both fall prey to teen sex and I believe I need to be on the case NOW about how to prevent that from happening. I have to create a plan for creating confidence in them so they don’t, well, ya know, turn out slutty.
What’s a mom to do? So, at the doctor’s office today, I indulged by reading “Parenting” magazine, ostensibly checking out articles to see if I can ever write for them, and got a good look at all the books with the word “Confident” in the title.
By the 4th book advertisement, I threw the publication aside in despair. I mean, really, do those books even apply here? Is there a “raising self-confident children with autism and Down syndrome and other disabilities that will prevent them from becoming schoolyard marks and teen ho’s” out there? Cause I’d buy that!
And it leaves me more weary than I already am. Ok, moms of LD girls, any tips? Especially if you have hard-headed kids who can dig in their heels regarding discipline…