Today my mantra was “stick to your guns”. I’ve been letting the rules slip over the Christmas break. It’s time to lay down the law again. The fighting amongst themselves and the fit throwing is at an all time high.
The day started in the typical fashion, I woke the kids ups around 6:15 to start getting ready to get on the bus by 7:10. Noah woke up in a terrific mood. Macy, fairly normal mood, not quite awake yet, a little irritable but nothing terrible. Logan for some reason, wakes up and immediately starts picking on his brother and sister. It’s like he makes it his mission to make one of them cry before they get on the bus. Nothing new though.
This afternoon, I thought I might lose my mind. No, I was going to lose my ever lovin’ mind (as us Southerners say though I have no idea what it means). Logan had an appointment to have his cast replaced on his broken wrist and I had to take ALL 3 OF THEM to the doctor with us. The original plan was for their daddy to meet me just before the appointment to take Macy and Noah from me but he got caught up at work. Now, keep in mind that I had just decided to “lay down the law” and I was not letting them have any screen time during the school week. That means no iPads, iPhones, TV etc. I could not hand over my phone to them to keep them entertained during the wait (and it was a long one). Not that it would have mattered anyway, I only had 1 phone with me so they would have all 3 been fighting to get to use it. I spent the next 1.5 hours telling Noah to “keep your voice down, get up off the dirty floor, stop touching your brother/sister, stop looking down the hall, no you can’t touch the skeleton (though an awesome nurse let him and it made his day), no you can’t have my phone, stay out of my purse”. I was at my wits end by the time we left, but they did not touch my phone. Then we had dinner at Chick-fil-A and made a quick trip to Lowes. When we got home, I was done. I was mentally exhausted but we still had to get through homework, baths, piano & saxophone practice, more questions about why they can’t watch TV and bedtime. Thank goodness that all went fairly smoothly, just one small break down from Macy. Guess what, I “stuck to my guns” and the kids survived and went to bed with smiles on their faces. The best part of the night was the sweet prayer Macy prayed at bed time asking God to heal her brother’s broken wrist before summer so he can swim. That kind of thing makes the daily grind all worth it.
Now all I need is a good nights sleep so that I can be ready to do it again tomorrow.
Verse of the Day: “Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.” Proverbs 29:17
Workout of the Day: None, I was too exhausted by the time we got home to do anything.