Uh oh the jitters!
Last Wednesday the jitters hit me when my brother called me. He said he and his wife have to go out-of-town; Could I take my Niece for the weekend?
I was not keen to say yes. Why? Because my Niece is regularly called a HANDFUL by my brother, his wife and our parents. I know it is true but I also know my Niece can behave and be respectful. It is just unknown how long this behavior lasts.
The day before her arrival I put away curtains I have not hung and delicate items that decorate my living room, office, and bedroom. I bought a camping cot for her to sleep on (budget friendly), put Strawberry Shortcake sheets on it, got a pillow for her head, and in advance took her to the library for DVDs and books. (She made the choices.)
Although I prepared well, I still had the jitters. To try to elevate them I chose to do things with her that she likes. We went to an arcade/giant blow up houses for kids place; to the library to play; to a playground; and a few places that put a smile on her face.
At my home when she asked me to color with her in her giant Doc McStuffins coloring book I did; when she wanted me to read to her I did that; and when she wanted to watch the DVDs I let her on loop until she said no more.
I think because I treated her respectfully and allowed her to do within reason as she pleased, she in return behaved well toward me. And without knowing it she took away her Aunt’s jitters.