It's something that I am helping him to cope with. Chill, relax.. it's only a joke - that sort of prep talk is part of the planned routine.
I think, before today, I was rather snappy too. As in when he was snappy.. and I would get snappy too. Not a great example right?
It's just that having manners is so important to me that I forgot that he is still learning. I don't know what got into me, but I just decided that from now onwards, I am here to help him.. not to punish him. To guide him, not to force him.
So anyways, he did it again.. snapping at a friend at top volume at the 7-eleven for a joke. Before I launched my usual tirade, I took a deep breath. Hurriedly I paid for the items, without paying much attention to the two ice creams placed on the counter.
I just wanted him to apologize, which he did.
So again, I reiterate, he is a good kid... just needing some help in the realm of sensitivity.
Walking back, I remembered about the 2 packets of ice cream, which I asked how come there were two, instead of one.
"One for you, one for me.."
Oh! That would be his first purchase for me (even though using
Now I am thinking, if this had happened yesterday, I would have barked at him or got so worked up about his behavior that I would have missed the sweet moment.
Yes, my son is learning all the skills and the art of living and becoming a man.
And I am also learning to be a mom.