Most of the time, as a Mom, I feel like I have the full measure of my children. Like a bomb-sniffing dog, I can smell when trouble is brewing. I know when Lana is about to lash out at the twins. I know when Leo is about to do something that he shouldn’t, and I know when Willow is on the verge of a breakdown. I can’t always stop it. I can’t always fix it. But I do know when it’s coming. Needless to say, it’s rare when I’m completely surprised by my children.
Flash back to Friday. Leo slips, cuts his chin open…needs stitches. Off I go with my 2 year old son to the ER. My little hero surprised the HECK out of me. Not only did he barely cry when he fell, but he didn’t even cry when we was getting shots of lidocaine IN the wound, or while the doctor was stitching him up! Amazingly, he lay perfectly still, listened to the instructions of the doctor, and even thanked him! What!?!?!?! All he did was whimper during the injections to numb the area.
He was brave, and so good, that the nurses gave him 2 years worth of stickers, and I got a new appreciation for the fortitude of a two year old. Don’t underestimate your children. When the chips are down, they can handle the pressure. Children innately know when it’s okay to fall apart, and when they need to ‘man up’. Trust them. Allow them to freak out when it’s not important so they have the energy to hold it together when it’s important.