Ever want to just stand in the middle of a ring of children and throw your head back and let it all out!
Today I did it! Between being "MOM" ed to death, the bickering, with the occasional fight over who's turn is next, and "When are we leaving?" I thought I was keeping my cool, but they seemed to have reached level of how can I outsmart Mom.
LMAO, not that they saw it. Instead I just threw my head back and yelled at the top of my lungs. Childish I know, but it felt great and seeing the looks on their stunned faces had everyone smiling.
Then I guided Preston to the fridge where I have a list of house rules posted (with my kids, I tend to focus more behavoiur then chores).
Our house rules:
1. Your room is your room. No one can enter without your permission, except mom and dad when needed.
2. Always knock before entering another's room.
3. Please help when asked.
4. Make a mess clean it up.
5. Don't interrupt
7. Use your words.
9. Use your manners.
10. Hitting, fighting, breaking things or throwing things, will give you and instance TIME IN.
With three boys I find the number ten is the one the kids struggle with. However, today, Preston and Cyrus were fighting over who's turn it was again. Preston became frustrated and picked Cyrus up and tossed him on the sofa. Cyrus was fine, and thought it was kind of fun too I'm sure. Nevertheless he ran up stairs to tell on his brother.
Preston's defense :"But I didn't hit, him."
To which I pointed out number ten again and explained throwing things also included your brother.
Preston took his seat on the stool to watch me work in the kitchen, while Cyrus scampered off.
I had to keep my chuckles and smiles on the inside. Everything is now back normal, and I can put my focus into something I don't really enjoy, but do it anyways. Baking ugh. (Cooking is so much more exciting!)