So, I’ve been pretty good with doing my mirror affirmations lately. On Saturday morning, I decided to ask the girls if they wanted to join me. Simple request, right? Great way to bond with my girls, right? Excellent tool to provide them as a mother who cares about raising self-confident, fulfilled little kids, right?
Me: Hey girls. Mommy’s going to do some mirror affirmations. Want to do them with me?
Zaffron: What are they?
Me: They are an exercise that you do to fill your heart with love. You look into a mirror for three minutes and tell yourself that you love yourself.
Zaffron looks at me like I’ve lost my mind. I’m inexplicably compelled to keep talking.
Me: No, it’s good stuff. Really! You’ll feel great afterwards.
Mgazi looks at her sister and then back at me, a matching expression now on her face.
Mgazi: I think Zaffron thinks that what you are saying is boring.
Me: It’s not boring! (I say this strongly). It’s good for you. (I say this kinda weakly, baffled at the unexpected turn the conversation has taken.)
Mgazi: I think Zaffron is right that it sounds boring. But I’ll do it with you. If you give me something.
Me: What? Okay, first of all, Zaffy hasn’t said ANYTHING is boring. She hasn’t said anything at all! Second of all, I am not giving you money to do mirror affirmations, Mgazi.
Mgazi: I don’t want money. I want cereal.
Zaffron: I am kinda hungry, Mommy.
Me: I am not going to bribe my children so that they’ll love themselves. Forget it.
I leave the room defeated by yet another one of my hair-brained parenting ideas. Mgazi calls out after me.
Mgazi: Are you saying “no” to the cereal?