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Things have been kind of rough with my 5-year-old son Declan lately. He has done a lot of growing up this summer, which has been both good and bad. He’s always been a very sensitive, thoughtful child – so to see a wild streak finally emerge is disconcerting. Who is this child leaping off the couch? Who is this child throwing a punch at my husband? Who is this child willfully sticking his chin out at me and stubbornly stomping around the house!?!?

But at the same time – seeing him stand up for himself also brings a level of satisfaction, a level of relief! It shows me he is *not* so defenseless out there in the big, bad world. Even though he is pushing back against ME, and it is driving me CRAZY.

Where is that sweet, sensitive soul? I know he still there. He is just coming into himself too. Which is ALSO pretty awesome to watch.

And when I need a reminder, I just look around at the things he has made for me. The things I have hanging in my office. The things that are a testament to who he really is.[photopress:Kisses.jpg,full,pp_image]

What have been some of your “reminders” during your children’s difficult phases?

Author: Aimee

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  • comment avatar Jody Reale--Kill Your Lunch Hour July 30, 2008

    That’s easy, Aimee. My daughter is always so excited about what’s going on that I’ve seen her hold her eyelids open with her fingers to avoid napping.

  • comment avatar Lori July 30, 2008

    Watching them sleep always gets me. They look so angelic at night, no matter what’s gone on during the day.

    Your son has great penmanship already!

  • comment avatar Tiffanie July 30, 2008

    Simply looking at them. Even in the midst of the turmoil, all I have to do is look at their little faces and it’s almost always more difficult to stay mad than not.

  • comment avatar Tiffanie July 30, 2008

    Their little faces. Even in the midst of turmoil, all I have to do is look into those tiny faces and it’s almost always more difficult to stay upset than not.

  • comment avatar Aimee Greeblemonkey August 1, 2008

    Totally. Watching them sleep.

  • comment avatar pisceshanna August 4, 2008

    “I Lub Boo” pretty much does the trick.