Confession of a bad mom: I received the following message today from my little Ailey’s teacher, “So your doll had a meltdown today at the end of gym. Came out sobbing. Someone had told her she was bossy. We get back to the room and she’s still teary. I told her, ‘You know what, Punk? You are bossy, but guess what? So am I, and so is your mom… so own it! It’s okay to be bossy. It’ll take you 25 years or so to learn when you need to dial it down a bit and when you can let it rip. I picked her up and she laid her head on my shoulder and was just about asleep in less then 2 minutes. She was fine the rest of the afternoon.”
I was a little teary-eyed reading this, thinking of my little miss being so upset. But I was so happy that she had a wonderful, strong woman to comfort and encourage her. Ailey doesn’t come by being bossy all on her own- in the event that you don’t know me. 😉 It’s been both inherited and learned. She has grown up surrounded by fearless, strong, independent women who take absolutely no crap, from anyone. From her mother and grandmothers, to her aunts, cousins, teachers and family friends, she’s been surrounded since birth by some of the most amazing women I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. I will never squelch this feistiness inside of her. I will teach her how to harness it, to always be polite and kind, but to kick ass when she needs to! I’ll use today as a learning opportunity for my little girl and I will be grateful for amazing women and amazing teachers!