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Old 01-08-2008, 10:08 AM   #11
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Csalt, my guess is that your girl has been carrying the ball for so long she doesn't know how to give it up! She works full time and raising a daughter on her own. She has to be everything all the time. It also may be a response to the stress. I know that when things in one area of my life is out of my control, I tend to ratchet up my control in the areas I can and that is cause for snipping and snapping at people over things that in another time and frame of mind I wouldn't think twice about. I have learned to ask "what do you want me to do?" and if the answer is "nothing" be satisfied. My son and I went through a similar period and are now starting to come out the other side. I don't feel like I'm walking on eggshells anymore but still mindful of his autonomy. I have to remember that he does things his way and I need to respect his decisions. I did a good job because while he doesn't do things "my way", he still manages to maintain the underlying principles. And I bet you daughter is just as thankful you're home as you are!

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Old 01-08-2008, 11:17 AM   #12
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Here's something someone sent to me today and it made me think of this thread:

When I'm an old lady, I'll live with each kid,
And bring so much happiness...just as they did.
I want to pay back all the joy they've provided.
Returning each deed! Oh, they'll be so excited!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)

I'll write on the wall with reds, whites and blues,
And I'll bounce on the furniture...wearing my shoes.
I'll drink from the carton and then leave it out.
I'll stuff all the toilets and oh, how they'll shout!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)

When they're on the phone and just out of reach,
I'll get into things like sugar and bleach.
Oh, they'll snap their fingers and then shake their head,
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)

When they cook dinner and call me to eat,
I'll not eat my green beans or salad or meat,
I'll gag on my okra, spill milk on the table,
And when they get angry...I'll run...if I'm able!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)

I'll sit close to the TV, through the channels I'll click,
I'll cross both eyes just to see if they stick.
I'll take off my socks and throw one away,
And play in the mud 'til the end of the day!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)

And later in bed, I'll lay back and sigh,
I'll thank God in prayer and then close my eyes.
My kids will look down with a smile slowly creeping,
And say with a groan, "She's so sweet when she's sleeping!"
God Bless All Moms and Grandmas everywhere!

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Old 01-08-2008, 12:23 PM   #13
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I've saved that Fisher's Mom. It's great!

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