Lessons In Parenting: Carrots trump ice cream.

Today I am fighting allergies, am  not enjoying the 90 degree weather, and have a to-do list a mile long. I chose to thrown in the "Mommy Manager" towel and allow my daughter free reign. Here's what went down:

B: I'm ready for lunch.
Me: Do you want ice cream? (I have a serving already dished out in the freezer)
B: No, I'll have a ham sandwich with no 'hamonnaise'. (she meant mayonnaise but I'm too tired to correct her)

B: I'm thirsty.
Me: Here, have a juice box. (I didn't feel like filling the Brita Pitcher and my in-laws brought over these handy juices---yes, I'm that exhausted)
B: No, I want water.

B: Can I have a snack?
Me: Sure, do you want that ice cream now?
B: No, I want carrots with dip. I love carrots.

I feel like crying because today was payday! All my direction and "mean mommy" quirks paid off. Without a second thought my awesome four year old made the better-for-her choices with no guidance by me!

I'm gonna sit on the couch with a glass of water and bowl of carrots and enjoy this parenting victory!

Don't ruin the moment for me, I know it's not going to be this easy when she is a teenager, but I have 9 years still, let me live in this moment. ;-)

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