You know...it's been a really long day today and the next 3 days are gonna be even longer!! And so, I ask, why bother...a question I always seem to ask when I try and do stuff for myself. And not just fun stuff, you know, but workish kind of stuff. I mean, I do what I can on the side to try and make some extra money so that we aren't taking from savings all the time...but I still have to wonder if it's worth it sometimes. Four kids and summer time is just a lot of work...and today was not a fun day. I know, being a mom isn't all about fun...but come on, when can I really truly enjoy them??? It's so hard to even enjoy the little ones these days when the 2 big ones are home.
My skills as referee and moderator are definitely put to the test these days and I'm really getting tired of Mom...MA...he said, she said, he threw this and she touched that and I can do it better and give me back MY toy and you can't do this b/c I'm older and you're not and blah blah blah blah!!! My hours increase, the work gets tougher and the pay gets worse in the summer time:( lol
I always feel like there is nothing but yelling going on in this house. I can get through about 2/3 of the day before I get really frustrated...these kids (all of them) have hearing issues I think. How many times do you have to call their names and how many times do you have to tell them to do something before it gets done?? DJ stops listening after you say 2 words so he only completes about 1/2 of what you want him to do. Kyra just gives me an attitude and a smirk. Max is starting to not listen and he often puts himself in time-outs...which leads me to think it's just not working. Franny Girl...please stay cute and innocent:) ha ha ha ha
I think the Super Nanny would have a field day with some of the things we've done and do...seriously, she makes all her little methods seem like they work so awesomely that all the 'real' parents in the world want to puke when they try her stuff only to fail...We tried the whole put the kid back into bed thing with Kyra and the time it took us to get her to sleep never decreased...even following her 'no talking' crap...you know what worked?? We put a door on her room (there was no door at the time) and locked it!! That method took 1 night...eat your heart out Super Nanny!!! Oh, and these stupid time-outs...really?? I'm starting to think my husband might be right and we should just beat them when they don't listen, throw cars at each other, hit/bite/kick, lie, play with food at the table, blow bubbles in our milk, talk back to us, etc ... I think those problems would become null and void, don't you?? I mom used to hit me with a wooden spoon...now a days they'd lock the parent up for abuse!! On second thought...hmmmmmm....would they really lock me up?? Could I really get a night's sleep?? Hold on, let me go get a kid and ... no, I'm kidding. Now, I'm not opposed to that occasional smack on the back of the head or on the leg every once in awhile...I mean, it's the shock factor that gets 'em, you know!! But, I don't agree with it on a daily basis. I also don't agree with the whole yelling thing on a daily basis and I really need to figure out how to STOP!!! How does one become a 'child whisperer' these days?? How do we start to control our children and teach them manners and make them aware that there are people out there who are not as well off as they are?? When I tell the big ones that our vacation this year is about Max and Franny, I'm kind of serious. They have been given everything they've ever wanted...ok, not every single thing...but they don't really want or need anything. And, I don't think I'd have a huge problem with that except that now they've come to expect this stuff to be handed to them on a silver platter. Max...well, he's still awesome and just appreciated everything he gets. His simple little house party/playdate for his b-day was so exciting for him. I don't know if DJ/Kyra would have been happy with just that...you know??
OK- I really didn't start this post to be a rambling about my kids...was gonna talk about why I bother to try and do a baking business when I have 4 kids and a hubby to take care of...but, you get what you get and you don't get upset, right??? ha ha ha Back to the basics with that one...kindergarten 101!!
So- tough couple nights ahead of me...baking stuff you know:)
Random thought- I love my children I love my children I love my children I love my children I love my children (do you think if I keep repeating this I will stop yelling...perhaps I should just breathe and drink more wine...ha ha)