Braces, Tantrums & Backtalk

July 7th, 2012 by

Be warned, this post is not all rainbows and butterflies…but of course I’ll put in a cute picture!  Also, just because I may vent about my struggles as a parent, please know it does not detract from my pure love for them, nor my expectations of them.


Mr. Mattox’s braces are in and I’m taking him on Monday for his fitting.   I know they’re a tool to help him walk and he needs them, but if I’m being completely honest, it sucks.  It could be so much worse I know and I’m so very very fortunate for 2 beautiful healthy boys and a husband who is supportive.  But, having this physical delay is stressful and it’s hard not to internalize and wonder what I did wrong?  I know it wasn’t my fault, but I can’t help but wonder.   Ya know?  I’m so thankful to the ISD for their help/services.  He’s already making some strides.  But he gave the PT FITS yesterday as she was trying to make him work his weak side.  That sound of your kid screaming/whining from frustration is nerve wracking!

Also, Mr. Mattox is a little tantrum thrower.  He wants whatever brother, dad or I have and he is not satisfied with signing “wait”.  His span for waiting is NEGATIVE.  He’s also hitting and throwing things.  He hits his big brother, but that’s also because Lincoln gets too close to him.  Luckily Lincoln is very tolerant and gently says, “don’t hit, that hurts.”  Let me tell you though, getting hit with a flying Weeble hurts like a #$%@^!

Lincoln is such a good boy, but when he wants to be defiant.  OH BOY.  We now have a nice sign on the wall defining what back talk/mouthing off and last word means.  It also lists the consequences for respectful/disrespectful behavior.  We have to review it often.  Definitely the hardest thing about parenting is following through with discipline consistently.  We are pretty good at it actually, I’d say he can almost certainly predict the outcome of his behavior 90% of the time, which is the key.  If they know what would happen as a result of their choice…ie.  If I chose to interrupt one more time my screen time privileges will be reduced/taken away, they are not apt to do so.

DSCN3444Enjoy these curls, I had to cut them because it was getting so hot and Mattox was scratching at his head and sweating too much!

I love my summer break, I really really do.  But, this is the point in the year when I say, “SAHM is NOT for me.”  Where are the middleschoolers, please!  That may sound nuts, but not to me.  I’m not made to be home all the time.  But nice breaks here and there are appreciated.

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One Response to “Braces, Tantrums & Backtalk”

  1. Corinne Says:
    July 10th, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Love you Amber! Seriously can relate to a lot of what you wrote. Miss Emma has truly turned a corner in her tantrum throwing. The past two days have been challenging; I feel like all I say is “No, no!” She has started hitting, kicking, pushing, etc… Love her to pieces but am a bit overwhelmed by the new behaviors! Hang in there! The boys are adorable, and school will start again soon!

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