Raising the opposite of you

12:27 PM

Principe is out going. He is a social butterfly.

I sometimes have to grip my hands to get through a night when I realize that I don't know many people in the room.

He could careless.

If people ask him for a joke, for a funny story, his opinion, etc, he is all green light.


I prefer to listen to him and talk to one other person rather than a whole room full of people.

Firecracker, hence the nickname, is much like her father.

She will sing to Mickey and Goofey in front of half a restaurant, she will give a jig for people on the street, and if you laugh at something she does she will do it over and over and over and over and over and over....

Just to see you laugh again.

She is HIGH energy. Nothing wrong with that. The problem is that I am NOT high energy.

And so we clash. As do her and Queenie. Because sometimes Queenie and I can't handle the noise or the running. But the other day, when Firecracker was doing something over and over and over and over and over....and Queenie and I were going crazy I finally yelled and her to STOOOOOP!

She looked at me and said, "But mom, I just want to make everyone laugh."

Which broke my heart about me yelling. Because maybe it isn't her being annoying, maybe it is me not letting her be herself. She wants to be funny and loud and make people laugh and I ....don't "get" it. Of course she needs to learn to stop when the other person doesn't think her actions are funny, but maybe her mom needs to learn to live with some noise in the house.

I am learning more and more that it is not so easy to raise a kid who has a mixture of genes that are not all exactly like mine. It makes life more fun in general not to have little Kats running around, but to have individual little ladies, but it does make it a bit harder to raise them. For starters, I simply don't know how and therefor must LEARN.

And so I am learning. Each day. And trying to close my ears and stop my yelling and let her be herself. And hopefully I won't screw it up too badly!

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