Saturday, I packed up all the girls and we headed to the mall. Hannah still needed a prom dress and I didn't want to leave the rest of the girls with Jason. I made sure to set some ground rules before we left because I wanted everyone on their best behavior. You really haven't lived until you've been mall shopping with 5 little girls on a busy Saturday in the middle of prom season.
Fortunately, all the girls were really good for me. They found different ways to entertain themselves while Hannah tried on dresses and I made sure to visit all the stores that they wanted.
|She was pretending to be a mannequin|
|She picked the mint dress, but wouldn't let me take a picture of it on|
We got into an argument Saturday night because he didn't think that I should have bought Elsa the dress. He felt that I should have been stricter about punishment as a direct result of her behavior Friday night. He was trying to get me to see his point of view, which I did, I just felt like he was wrong and so I was being stubborn about it. I may have stormed off and proceeded to drink an entire bottle of wine. Not my finest moment. Cheap wine hangovers are no bueno.
We did make up and settled on a compromise. I would keep the dress at our house for the next two weeks and Elsa would have to earn it with good behavior. She, of course, did not like that at all and screamed about her dress on the drive home. Clever girl though, she ripped the tags off the dress already so I can't return it to the store.
There is, of course, not just one "right way" to parent. I know it is just a matter of compromise and working together, but disagreements sure do make it tough.You just have to work together, whether that means working with 2 or 3 or 4 parents to help raise the best kids you can.
I haven't received any questions for Jason's guest post yet, so please leave me some in the comments or email them to me. Maybe this post will get the question asking going.