What to do with sassy kids who are struggling with bad attitudes? It's just hard to be a kid sometimes. Just like adults, anger and disappointment spill out into our words and attitudes, causing us to be negative and grouchy.
I thought we'd address that today by having my kids create a list of things that were really important to them while I made a list of of things that were really important to me. I was going to create a list that showed my kids the characteristics I was hoping they would have as adults. I wanted use my kids' lists as a conversation point, with the specific idea of losing some of those important things in connection to those bad attitudes.
I wrote my list and my daughter wrote hers. Then we talked and I smiled at what I found. The first item is a project she is working on. The second is her lego sets. The rest are all people.
People. People matter most to her. I smiled and told her what my original plan had been. I told her I was proud of her for choosing people over things. I shared my list with her, telling her about who I want her to become. And then we picked plan B.