A Coaching Moment With My Daughter...

Our brilliant 6-year old already has her share of demons. This weekend, she came to me and said “Mommy, I’m a bad girl.” Normally, I would sympathize with her and say something along the lines of “No you’re not!” which would get us nowhere as she’d refute every piece of evidence I’d point toward to the contrary. But this time, I decided not to engage in the debate (sometimes people are just going to think what they’re going to think, you know?) and instead I said, “Honey, what does it do for you to tell yourself you’re a bad girl? What’s the point? I mean, what does it get you?” To which she quite honestly replied, “It gets me hugs and kisses.” (God I love my Maggie.) So then I said, “Well, why don’t you just ask for hugs and kisses if you want them?” Again, honest reply, “Because it’s so embarrassing!” Then I stated “Oh, I disagree. I think it shows great strength and courage to ask for what you want and need.” Pause. Thoughtful look. “Mommy, can I have some hugs and kisses?”

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