As her mother, I have always encouraged her to believe in herself and exercise her self-confidence, but never thought my words would be used against me. The battle of the wills, as of lately, is proving to be more than my patience can handle.
I am okay with an occasional “did you know” conversation, but recently they’ve turned into an everyday thing and usually begin with her informing me that I am misinformed about something. It always begins the same. I make a statement and moments later I hear this little voice; “actually Mommy”… and let the corrective action begin!!
We’ve had our share of refresher courses in manners and have talked about the dangers of being a “know-it-all” and still…actually finds its way into most of our conversations. A friend of mine suggested subtracting from her allowance each time she displays this behavior, but so far this hasn’t proven to be helpful either.
I’d really like to know if this is just a phase or if I’m looking at a more permanent situation?
Nikki Hall-Branch is a Communications Coordinator at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and determined Mom to one equally determined daughter.