I have been on Girl Scout cookie overload for the last week. As the cookie mom and co-leader, 1200 boxes of cookies were ordered and disseminated a weekend ago and this most recent weekend, we had two cookie booths selling out each day. It was fun but tiring and there was a little pressure to want it to go smoothly, etc.
On the way to the first booth, I was a little tense and frustrated getting it all together and running late, and that never helps. So I announced to the girls, that I needed to have a little scream. It's been a long while since I've done this. I want them to understand that it's okay to get frustrated and yet, figure out how to handle it without taking it out on other people. I want them to know it's okay to feel all feelings, that is so NORMAL and try to allow the feelings through but without harming others, or harming the house. (You know what I have learned up close and personal the last 6 years)
So I counted and then screamed for a long time. It felt so good. I have learned not to do it too hard because I can strain something in there that makes things more painful but it was a good release and I hope, a good example.
Then on to this Monday morning, Mallory realized she had forgotten some things regarding school and she complained about how the cookie booths had taken up our whole weekend. I had to pivot really hard here, because twice I had asked her about her school assignments for the weekend during the weekend, but she was too involved in game playing to plug in. Yet, I have to cut her some slack, she is only nine. So I told her, empathizing with her that yes, the booths took up a lot of time and I too was frustrated this morning at what I did not get done. At some point, she threw her binder down and started kicking it. I said, with no judgement, just empathy, we can't kick the binder. We have to find another way to get our frustration out.
And then Riley piped up and said, there will be no screaming in the car. LOL Evidently it is a little unnerving for her to hear me scream even though I announce it and laugh about it before and after.
But this is what I'm so excited about - I'm so ecstatic that we have these kinds of conversations. It is now open for us to talk about how to handle our feelings. What is the best way to allow them through? I have learned so much but it has been hard for me to speak up and share these truths with my children. The inability to voice my thoughts is still difficult, but…this area is breaking wide open.
It felt like such a solid moment.
So freaking happy to have this moments.