My kids are at the point where they are sick and tired of being together. The summer started with backyard pool parties and sleepovers in the living room. After only a couple weeks of quality togetherness, the fighting had begun. Nothing a little ice cream can't handle.
I took a few minutes and thought about what was most important (to me) to have the kids accomplish on a daily basis. Of course, chores was on the top of my list, but I also wanted the kids to read, do something healthy, help cook, etc.
This summer, we're taking the dependence out of independence.
My daughter decided to have a timed bake-off between my mom, my two sisters, and myself. The challenge was to recreate Cupcake Jemma's Unicorn Cupcake; the prize was a cute chef's hat (that was lovingly decorated), and of course, bragging rights.
My younger boys shower in my bathroom, where the towel racks are adult-sized. Naturally, the towels end up on the floor. Oh yes.... the floor, my kids can reach.
WordPress prompt of the day: Tantrum Child 1: *drops garment off the hanger and proceeds to drag it across the floor* Child 2: Stop it! You’re getting that shirt all dirty! I just washed that!! Stupid! Child 1: (Walking away) You’re stupid. Child 2: No, you’re stupid! Child 1: (Still walking away) You’re stupider. Child
Number 7, like most preschoolers, still has trouble understanding that 4 ounces of water in a short, fat container is still 4 ounces of water when it is in a taller, skinnier container. And that 2 chips broken into crumbs, are still 2 chips. #learning2count
When my husband didn't pick up "my" mental and physical load, I felt like he was telling me that these tasks were beneath him. I didn't get a free night out; I only postponed the work I would have had to do anyway. As a "bonus", it's my fault because I didn't tell
My daughters brought up dinner to my husband and I, who were enjoying a few minutes of free time. Dinner was actually left-overs, so all the girls had to do was warm up a couple of bowls of chili. Our dinner was delivered with a playful comment, “This is not the proper use of children.”
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