Jan 31, 2012
Oh the Sensitive Child: A real mommy moment
I know that I have it easy compared to the mothers out there that have to take care of children with birth defects, long term illnesses and mental disabilities. I don't envy them in the slightest but have such a sense of awe towards them for what they do on a daily basis. I do however have my own set of challenges (as we each do) and though it probably seems insignificant to many it is very exhausting and frustrating to me. It is my little sensitive souls that I am raising. And I am not talking about sensitive as in emotions. I am talking about having a child that no longer wants to wear pants that have seams in them because they itch (if someone has a solution to that problem please let me know), who won't even step foot into something if she sees that it has a tag, that has to have on an undershirt under every top that has a button, seam, decoration or ruffle and who sometimes won't even try it on even if there is an undershirt because it looks like there is a button, seam, decoration or ruffle. The child that doesn't want you to touch her with wet hands or hands that have lotion or smell like they might have had lotion, who won't always give you a kiss because you "smell", who does not want to wash her hands and if you can convince her too she refuses to use soap (try explaining that to teachers), the child that doesn't like cheese but likes grated up cheese, but doesn't like the rice kind of grated up cheese (which has somehow turned into every kind of grated up cheese though she still insists you buy the right kind only you have no idea what the right kind is cause you don't have a clue what "rice" kind of grated up cheese is). She has a meltdown if she gets a drop of water on her because she doesn't like to be wet. She won't even spit in the sink if there is a spot of water on the side by her. She doesn't like it when my hair is wet and might touch her and she doesn't like it when it is dry and smells like something. She is the child that prior to my own child raising years I would have labeled as a big brat. Now I am dumbfounded as to how this even happened and what I am to do about it. Plus she is influencing her little sister and now I have two little "tag Nazis" who have to have the tags cut off of everything. I hate getting dressed time because I don't know what to pick and I hate getting something half way on only to have a meltdown and a complete switch to something new. I used to feel some sort of doom that my child would be the one wearing sweat pants until she was 10 but now I am just grateful there is a type of pants that she does want to put on. Is it giving in every time? I have found it near to impossible to do anything else. I don't find it necessary to have a battle for her to wash her hands with soap. Antibacterial wipes seem to be a good substitution thus far. If I do say "you are putting this on no matter what" she sometimes will, only to fall down and scream because it is itching her. That is not helpful when you are trying to get out the door. Like I said I know it is so insignificant in the grand scheme of things but it is so frustrating and sometimes a bit hurtful raising one of these sensitive little souls. How do I manage? At some point she is going to have to do things even if she doesn't like them just because that is how it is. Should I be pushing it more right now? Am I raising a big brat? If so I never in a million years meant to do it.