August 10, 2010

Watch out for Supermom!

I have recently become very worried about my oldest daughter.  I wonder if I'm doing enough for her, giving her the knowledge she needs, encouraging her enough, loving her enough. 
Lately, she has a very sassy mouth and seems to be seriously lacking in the respect department.  She seems socially awkward and laughs at inappropriate times.  I don't know what to do with her.  I have seriously cut back the amount of TV she watches and what she watches.  I want her to be a confident, caring, intelligent person, but I just don't think I'm doing anything to help her become that kind of person.  When she was younger, I used to monitor TV and we spent so much time learning new things.  After she started school, and I had 2 more babies, I kind of slacked off.
Today, I was talking to her about helping other people who don't have as much as we do.  Her main concern-Nintendo DS!  She couldn't fathom that some kids don't have one.  Then she said "when we go to help these people, can I take my DS?  Is my 6 year old so far gone that she doesn't care about actual people?  Is she that socially awkward that she feels more comfortable with electronics than actual people?  How did this happen?  How can I fix it?  Tomorrow, we are going to bake the cookies that we made today and take them to someone.  We haven't decided who, but I suggested someone we don't know or someone who could use a pick me up. 
I'm sure things will get better, but for now, she is driving me insane and there has to be a way for me to fix it.  I wonder how happy she can be if she's acting out like she has been.  Someone, please give me the answer. 

What do you do when your kids talk back?  How do you teach your kids to care for others?

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