My darling granddaughter is four years old. She is bright and funny and astoundingly strong-willed. Around the age of three, she came to my home for a play date. I asked her to start picking up so that we could get her home on time. She silently continued playing as though I did not exist. I then quietly asked her to look at me so that I knew she was listening and she calmly kept playing – again as though I did not exist. I stood there and silently asked my Soul for wisdom. This is what came to mind so I said it lovingly and quietly:
Sweetheart, I have no desire to struggle with you so I am going to finish cleaning up the kitchen before I take you home.
The silence continued from the other room. About five minutes later I peeked into the room and she was putting everything away with great care. We straightened the living room together and had time to walk to her house instead of using the car 💓. This idea of not creating a struggle with her has been a theme ever since.
Very recently I was sitting on her bed with her. She is allowed to watch a short tv show after her nap so I was setting up one of her favorites on an iPad … or so I thought. Nothing was working and I was starting to feel frustrated. She is very intuitive and is often aware of our feelings before we are. She leaned into me and touched my arm lightly as she said
You don’t need to struggle, Gama. Just try again.
Then she kissed my cheek, I thanked her for reminding me and we figured it out together!
Need I say more?
Blessings to you this day. Each day comes as a gift, right? Right!