Anyway, last night we read a the conference talk by Elder Lynn G. Robbins and he talked a lot about how to discipline children and he said something about how children do not act out and misbehave just because, but that there is almost always an underlying cause. And he also gave some tips on disciplining. So I decided to put those things to test today and you know what? Today has been awesome! We got up, took dad to work, and Lyla was already being so SWEET! Then we went to the grocery store (which is something I usually dread with 2 kids) and it actually was so FUN! I felt like the tiniest changes I made in my attitude totally made her behave so much more! And Lyla was obedient, helpful, put things back on the shelf when I asked. It was great.
Then the best thing happened. As Lyla and I were looking for some frozen chopped spinach, a woman came up behind me and said "You know, you do SUCH a good job with her! I've seen you a few times throughout the store and I just think you're doing a really great job"! I swear I almost hugged and kissed her right there in the frozen food aisle! Anyway, when we left the store I tried to apply some of the tips that Elder Robbins suggested (compliment her be's) and it seemed to really work! I'm sure the tube of smarties also helped :) And then later we had a neighbor friend over to play and they both played so nicely together. And afterwards Lyla said "I played nicely with Lincoln. I get a treat!!" And since I was so proud of the improvement from yesterday, I gave her 5 whole jelly beans :)
Anyway, I'm not writing this to brag about how well-behaved my kid is. But I just wanted to remember that after such a horrible day, they can be angels the very next. Love my girls!