I had to tell Josh recently that I wasn't here to be nice to him and be his friend but to be his parent. I wish I could be as gentle as I wanted to be when I was picturing how I wanted to parent, but I don't think Josh benefits from gentle parenting. Does that make any sense or am I just doing it wrong? I get no response from him unless I'm very firm. So I try to be firm but gentle which seems like an oxymoron just looking at it. We are just very different people. He chatters all day which honestly wears me down (it's an introvert thing) and then DH asks me why I'm tired and I can't explain it. It's not that he's really physically exhausting especially since he's older and doesn't need to be followed around anymore. I guess it's that he's mentally exhausting!
I too am on a fitness kick-we'll see how long it lasts. I went on the treadmill and then Josh and I went for a walk with Bo. I don't take Bo for walks as much as I should because since he's a beagle, he puts his nose down and drags me along. LOL