This is how the day started…
We got dressed, took the garbage out then decided a walk to the store would be good exercise. We were kidnapped by friends on the way. They were heading to a Kid’s Day at the local Salmon Derby happening this week.
So while I was planning this..
We actually ended up doing this..
BUT the day was not all fun and games.. we had a MAJOR scare..
Sailor Moon has been acting out a bit since the Jedi Master left for university this past Wednesday. She has been ignoring me when I try to get her attention, and talking back with alot of attitude (she was spinning in the computer chair and the Jedi Master was on skype and told her to stop it was hurting his eyes .. she looked at him and told him “don’t look then” with a snotty attitude).
Today was no different…she walked too far ahead of me and when I yelled I got radio silence from her, when she wanted something and I said no, she would scream and holler and attempt to do everything she could to get her own way.
She had her own agenda and no one was going to screw it up for her.
She wanted inside the bouncy house (they had like 5 lined up side by side).. she went into a Disney themed one.. I waited outside the door holding her shoes until the guy said times up. I looked away for a brief minute. The guy told the kids time was up and they all started coming out.. all except Sailor Moon. He let the other kids in and she was not in there hiding. She was gone…
Three of my friends were frantically looking for her in the huge crowd with me but we couldn’t find her. Then I spotted her jumping into a bouncy house further down the strip. She took off on me knowing that I was going to go with her to these houses. She didn’t let me know where she was going or anything. So one of my friends gave me an idea… see if I can get a stranger to grab her hand when she comes out and start walking away with her to scare her so she will stop running off on me.
A young man stepped up and did this idea… he took her hand when she came out, Sailor Moon told him where I was and they started walking.. he tried to get her to go out of the way and SHE WENT WITH HIM!!! A total freaking stranger!!!! Thank god I was in on this!
So tonight Sailor Moon had a long talk with the Jedi Master and I about what she did wrong and why it was wrong. When we asked why she did it she blamed it on the Jedi Master not being here to cuddle with her.. she has been using him as a scapegoat to get her own way since he left. Then it switched to her doing it because she couldn’t find me because you know standing in front of one bouncy house and not being seen by your kid obviously means that can run off to the other ones and get more lost. But it eventually came out, she took off because she wanted to go on all the bouncy houses and not have to bother with me.
Among how she has been acting, this has brought the Stranger Danger thing as something I am now going to bring to the forefront with her. She now has less freedom compared to what she had. I honestly thought she had the whole Stranger Danger thing down.. we talked about it alot in the past few years, but lately she has become too friendly with people. She will offer random strangers food that she may have (which I think is a good thing to teach but its not just kids her age she is doing it to anymore and I do not want her to give anyone the wrong idea.) And she has started talking to EVERYONE!
The Jedi Master’s mother gave me an idea to help her learn that she now has boundaries when we are out… its a wrist strap kinda concept. You know those cute animal backpacks with the long tail that the mom can hold onto.. its like that but its a bracelet that links her to me. I am going to knit something up in the next day or so and start doing that with her because today not only made her aware of stranger danger, it opened my eyes to how close I came to possibly losing her and I would never bounce back from that ever! (Yes I may be over-reacting but until you are in the position I was in today.. you won’t understand how I am feeling right now.) I am also planning a trip to the local police station and getting one of the officers to have a talk to her about strangers and why its not a good thing to go with one.
I am crossing my fingers that tomorrow.. we get to finally do schoolwork like I planned today and overall, its a better day then today was for me.