Feb 28 2014

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Five Minute Friday: Choose

The word for Five Minute Friday today is choose.



She sits on her bed. She’s been a tiger baby, and that’s the rule: If you are going to be a tiger baby, you sit on your bed until you are ready to be a sweetie pie. She is scowling at me, and there is a big tear clinging to her cheek. If only she would choose to be sweet, she would be free.

She thinks I am the one choosing, because I am the one who decided she couldn’t watch a show until later. That was not what she wanted. That was not her plan. So when I didn’t follow her lead, Tiger Baby erupted.

This is the way it is for most of us. We get stuck in a rut with a heart full of tiger baby when we could be free. Free to choose another way. Yes, our plans are thwarted. They go ways we don’t want or don’t expect. But we don’t have to be trapped in our own prison. We don’t have to be the tiger to all around. We can choose to be free. We can be sweet. And when the tiger baby is put behind, we are empowered by this truth: I can choose to do what is good and right regardless.


Note: Later, she found me and told me I could come out of my room if I would stop being mean to everyone. Apparently, when I lay down the law, that is being mean. (Being mean is putting boundaries on when my children watch a show or play on the computer. Being mean is laying down consequences when children fail to follow my clear directions.) What can I say but that I am a mean mom.


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It is a 5-minute writing party. Click the icon to read some other great writing.

Five Minute Friday

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in.

3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.


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  1. Bring

    I love this! Tiger baby! What a perfect picture of attitude. I am behind you on the FMF–fist time I ever did it. So glad to find you!

    1. Cheryl Simpson

      I’m so glad you came to visit. What’s best about using the name to attach to the attitude is the emphasis on choice. Most of the time, naming a tiger baby is the first step in not being one. But for the story I shared, she chose to stew in her tiger-ish-ness. (There are times I do too.)

      1. Bring

        Who doesn’t choose tiger-babyness now and then? But purring is so much better than growling. 🙂

        1. Cheryl Simpson

          You write about growling, and that is how I came up with the name Baby Tiger. She, my 4 year old, would make a little growl. And at 4, it can be cute even though she is trying to be threatening.
          A purr is so much better, for sure.

  2. Michelle Anderson

    Haha. How old is tiger baby? She sounds like my little 4 year old niece who told her grandmother if she didn’t let her sleep with mommy and daddy she would give her her pouty face. So cute. It’s okay to be the mean mom. They’ll thank you in the future. Happy FMF!

    1. Cheryl Simpson

      It may be a 4-year-old girl thing. When she’s not being a tiger baby (or a sweetie pie), I often call her Babycakes. (I’m glad she knows her real name with all of the other names she has.)
      And with the mean mom thing, when they are particularly unhappy with my mean mommy-ing, I tell them I am going for the mean mommy award–especially if it will train them away from foolishness.

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