Children mimic the parental figures that raise them. Take Austin & his step-dad Butch. B is quiet & so the things he says usually have a point. He's not a rambler or a babbler or a waster of words. He's great for keeping me in check.
Yesterday I was trying to get things in order to take Butch to the ER to have his abscess tooth looked at. The kids of course are not cooperating on the level I'm needing. The world isn't spinning fast enough. My poor head is in overdrive and not functioning correctly. So I'm snapping & bitching & yelling. A Little. When Austin, my precious precious baby comes out of nowhere...
"Mom. Just CHILL. You're snapping over NOTHING. No one has done anything. It's O.K. Just C-H-I-L-L."
He didn't say it in a mean or sarcastic way. More of a reassuring way.
It blew my mind. He went from being my precious baby, to being a pre-teen that not only gets that mommy gets moody. But gets that 90% of the time it's no-one's fault. And he didn't take it personal. He just tried to chill mom out. Yep, it blew my mind.