My Daughter went to a sweetheart dance with her Daddy last night. Something they both had been looking forward to and I took some adorable pictures.
Along with dancing and eating yummy cupcakes, there was a hula hoop contest. The winner got an MPR player and Brooke wanted to win it to give to her brother. Brooke is really good at hula hooping but you had to be fast to grab one of the few hoops. Well she was quick and got herself a hoop.
But then...the class Drama Queen stood in front of her and started WAILING that she did not get a hoop and could Brooke "Please, please, please give her hers". My Husband said it was quite the scene.
Brooke felt that she did not have a choice but to hand it over. The fake tears and loud cries were just to much for her and she felt backed into a corner.
Well, the Drama Queen does not know how to hula hoop and it feel right to the floor. You're out.
When Brooke came home crying, it was not for the missed opportunity for wining the MPR player, it was for the total frustration of feeling duped.
Even though my Husband and I teach "doing for others", there is also a time to just say "no" and put yourself first.
A hard lesson to learn but unfortunately, a necessary one. Even if you are eight.