Yesterday was difficult. We’re still in the middle of the pandemic, so it was just another day of hanging around the house.
You were putting up a fight for some very basic things — brushing your teeth and getting dressed. You’re four and you don’t like being told what to do. I don’t like threatening time-out but it seems to get the job done.
The fights and frustration continued throughout the day. I don’t even remember what it all was about. What was concerning was that by the end of the day when we’re all tired, you were crying and I couldn’t understand what you were saying. This has been happening more frequently. I wish I knew what was going on so I could help you.
Daughter, I’m sure by the time you read this letter I will be able to understand you when you’re upset. Language skills and emotional regulation will come (and hopefully soon.)
It’s okay to be upset. Always use your voice. Communication is crucial. If you need help, always speak up. Be clear in what you need.
I don’t cry that much. It’s not that I’m afraid to let go, it’s just me. When I do cry, it is a good indication that changes need to be made. So when I break down, I listen to my mind and body. You always should, too.
Beautiful daughter, life is full of ups and downs and good communication will help you get through all of it. Always use your voice.