Good News! A Monumental Moment

me and my ham

My (often shy) six-year-old, Evie, is usually a complete ham around our family.  She’s started coming out of her shell in smaller groups, though kindergarten has been a challenge.  There are too many kids around to be her silly self.  Maybe that’s not such a bad thing for school.

At the daily school drop-off we’ve developed a pattern.

“Bye!  Have a great day at school!  I love you!” I yell.

With her back to me, she keeps walking away.  Doesn’t even flinch.  And NEVER looks back.

I even tried bribing her about a month ago.  I told her we’d have a party if she could respond, “Bye Mom!  I love you!  Your the best Mom in the world!”

I figured I’d aim high.  But…nothing.

This past Friday we were going through our usual routine.

“Love you!” I holler out the van door.

She starts walking away…then stops!  With her back still facing me, Evie turns her head slightly to the side.

“Bye.” I hear her say in the softest voice.

“Evie, you did it!  I knew you could!  I’m so proud of you!”

She just walks away and says nothing more, until I picked her up from school.

“Now when do I get my party?”

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Year:  Letting my daughter reveal her hammy self at her own pace.

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  1. Ha ha! I hope you’ll post pictures of her party 😉

  2. Awww… this is sweet. I can see my daughter being like this so thanks for the idea of the party bribe!

  3. It is amazing what we girls will do for a party! 🙂

  4. What a sweet little girl you have. My girl is the same way. She never says anything when she gets on the bus. I need to try this idea to get her to talk. I bet she would do it for a little tea party 🙂 Hope you have a good weekend.

  5. LOL…she have the memory of an elephant. So when is the party? hehehehe

  6. that is awesome 😀

  7. What a great story!! I love the picture of you two beauty queens!! xo

  8. That’s awesome!! My son is very similar and has started opening up a bit more like that. It really does make you proud doesn’t it?? 🙂

  9. what a great moment for both of you

  10. Oh my gosh the things our kids make us go through, jumping hoops I tell ya. I guess it’s going to be baby steps with Evie huh? As you know time has a way of changing kids, I am sure sooner or later that shell will be broken. But for now, It’s Party Time!

  11. stephanie says:

    what a little sweetie!!

  12. Aww, that’s so sweet! I hope you give her an awesome party lol!!

  13. This gave me the biggest smile!!! I know what a huge accomplishment this was for her, because I can just picture Manuel in the same situation, and it would be the exact same way!!! YAY EVIE!!!! Our football team (Baltimore Ravens) are headed to the championship this weekend so today at his school everyone is supposed to go ALL OUT in their Ravens gear…I was coming up with so many crazy ideas for him to do/wear, and he would be SO sweet, and say, “Mommy, I think that’s a really great idea, but I just don’t think I want to do it!” 🙂 He would never intentionally draw attention to himself! 🙂

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

  14. aww, so sweet. Mine have to give me 50 kisses everyday before getting on the bus….and all their siblings. The bus driver thinks it’s so precious. I love that they are so affectionate and loving with people, but really….can we dial it back to say 30 kisses maybe? just one day. my coffee gets cold 🙂

  15. Aww! That is awesome! 🙂 Good for you for being both persistent and patient, too! 🙂

  16. Good for you. I think this is a hard part of motherhood…..when a hug/bye/love you isn’t easily reciprocated. My son, Jack, will scream, “Wub you, Mom! You’re my best!” all day long at school drop off…….but he won’t utter a word to his little sister, who is screaming out the door that she loves him. 🙁

  17. That is such a funny blog… love it. I could picture my daughter doing the exact same thing.. you ‘yelling out the van door’ makes me laugh… my 15 year old now finds this act embarassing… imagine that! 🙂

  18. I love how you celebrate even the little things! And Evie is going to have a super party right?

  19. My kindergartener is shy, too. She will sign “I love you” at me as she gets out of the car, though =)

  20. Oh she sounds like my Little Middle. When she was little she would barely wave without looking back. Now she smiles and says goodbye to me. I hope it stays. She is approaching teendom after all!

  21. I was a ham, too, even when I was little.

  22. Sounds so much like my kindergartner! She is finally talking a little in school now. I made her sell girl scout cookies and that helped a lot!

  23. A momentous occasion indeed!

  24. Bailey does the same thing to me and Im like what in the world am I doing something wrong? Glad to know hes not the only kid that ignores his mommy in the drop off line haha!!!

  25. That is a feat indeed. Way to go Evie! It could be the other way around…she could respond like unfeeling robots. “BYE MOM….I LOVE YOU TOO.” Or like my oldest son as I lean over and give him a kiss, “Can I get out now?” ha ha ha….KIDS!

  26. Awe! Sweet girl!! Better start planing a party 🙂

  27. What a little sweetheart!
    One of these days you’re gonna wish she’d quit chattering about boys or something.

  28. She sounds like an awesome kid! She’ll open up in her own time, I think, but this is a great start. 😀 Glad you guys had a good day!

  29. Haha! Amazing that she remembered. She must have really wanted that party 🙂

  30. OH MY GOODNESS! That is too sweet. Give that girl a party!! 😉

  31. How cute is that!!! I love it!!
    My son is pretty shy around other people too– I’m interested to see what its like when I drop him off some day!
    So, tell me about your party!!

    I need to set a reminder or something to get in on this link party! You know what would remind me? If you could just hop on skype.. j/k… I’m only teasin, I” promise!! I do want to join though.

  32. Aww how sweet. So are you planning that party yet. Someone posted about the hop on face book and after the past few days I’m glad they did. I’ve been in grouchy head ache mood, it was nice to think of something positive for a change today.

    Thanks so much for the creative, fun hop. I can’t wait to read others Good News.

  33. oh she is sweet! My daughter would do exactly the same. I would promise her candy for something important she does, and then two days later she tells me that I forgot to give it to her

    She never forgets!

  34. Just when you think they’re not really listening ever…they really are!;)

  35. Ahahaaaa… she is one smart girl! Lol… party on mama! (Literally)

    LOVE your hilarious & adorable kiddo stories, as always. Btw, LOOOOVE the sweet pic of you & your girl!

  36. I have no good news, but yours is cute! 🙂 Kids just understand how much those little things mean to us moms.

  37. Aww! That is cute! 🙂

  38. I LOVE that picture of you two!! And that is really funny.

    P.S. I will link up next Friday!! I keep forgetting!

  39. Not quite the WHOLE thing… but definitely a good start. 😉 She is so cute… Will there be a party? Or are you waiting for a more… complete response? 🙂

  40. That picture is adorable! She is such a cutie!!!

  41. 🙂 awww, too stinkin’ funny!!
    she’s one smart cookie!
    i LOVE that photo of you and evie…beautiful!
    and i think i’ve told you this before – i LOVE her name.

    party on!!
    maria <3

  42. She really is shy! But I love that she wanted her party 😀

    Sorry I didn’t link up this week. This week kinda sucked for me and the best part will be tomorrow when I can sleep in. Ha Ha

  43. Aww! That’s so cool, momma!

  44. Cute, I hope she has a great party.

  45. Happy Mommy Moment! *tears*

    It seems that every lesson I learn as a Mother always involves patience…

  46. That is great news!! Haha, she’s so cute!

  47. Hahahaha too cute!! I am glad you got your ‘bye’, there have been plenty of mornings I never got anything…sad isn’t it!!

  48. and she remembered her party.

  49. It’s pretty funny when they show you that they are clear on the “payoff” and finally choose to redeem it!

  50. Aw, what a sweet tale 😉

  51. Impulsive Addict says:

    Thats a cute story!! adorable pic too!

  52. Thedesertrocks says:

    Party Evie, party!!

  53. Omgsh!! What a sweet story! I was smiling from ear to ear! 🙂 Definitely take lots of pictures at the party! lol.

  54. awww!

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  56. aw, so cute!
    and, what a perfect way to begin, with a “love you”

  57. She is so dang cute! One of my sons always had a hard time saying those mushy things. It took him leaving on a mission before he got comfortable with it!

  58. This gave me a big smile-what a precious piece of life to remember!

  59. What cute tale! I hope she has a wonderful party!

  60. Oh, now that’s just cute!!!

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