My daughter received a very generous gift from her grandparents a few months ago: Rapunzel pajamas. She fell in love with them INSTANTLY, and it has been rather difficult to get her to wearing anything else ever since.
So, this week I decided I was done seeing her wearing her PJs 24/7, and have enforced a new rule that she must be dressed during the day and only wear her PJs at night.
And, it has been a challenge. Days one and two were successful, but today was a different story and I ended up letting her wear them because I just didn't have the patience to endure another tantrum.
As I watched my daughter prance around the house in her beloved PJs, I decided if I was going to make her give up wearing them all day long, I needed to sacrifice something too. So, I'm going to limit my time on the computer and iPod to only when she is asleep. This gives me nap time and bedtime to catch up my e-mails, blog and to post whatever irrelevant status I need to on Facebook.
I hope to accomplish two things. First of all, I hope my sacrifice helps me be more patient with my daughter. If I can relate my wanting to be "on the net" to her wanting to wear her favorite piece of clothing, I imagine I'll have more patience with her when the tantrums and the whining begin.
And second, I hope to spend more quality time with my daughter. Too often we'll be in the same room together, but we're doing two different things. Sometimes I'm folding laundry and she's playing, but too often I'm wasting time on the computer while she's playing. Sure, often times I'm doing legit things like paying bills, but when all is said and done I should be playing more with my daughter. My time with her is precious, and I should take advantage of every minute I have.
Wish me luck!