Monday, March 16, 2009

survival

Somedays, all I can say for myself is that I have survived.  We are all alive.  Nobody has been "dropped of at the orphanage" or "hung by the chandelier", which are my two favorite threats that my children laugh at because they know that neither would ever actually happen.

Since I don't have much to share from today (because it was just one of those days), I will share a little piece of parental wisdom.  This seems like a "duh" thing that you should always do, but I do know that when I get busy and forget this step, everything falls apart. (Granted, sometimes things fall apart when I remember it, but not nearly as often)  Before we go anywhere with the girlies, we always have the following conversation:
Me: Okay, girls, what are the things that you aren't allowed to do at ___________?"
Them: a myriad of obvious answers that they still do sometimes, including Hannah always saying "we don't chase boys!"
Me: Anything else?
Them: Each person takes a turn suggesting something
Me: Okay and what can we do there?
Them: a myriad of obvious answers, although there aren't nearly as many as on the can't list.
Me: I now explain they whys behind some of these can's and cant's

Now, let's say you are returning things at Fred Meyer's and you forget to talk about some of the things on the can't list.  Hypothetically speaking, of course.  Then you might end up with kids climbing on the cart, playing games throughout the store that involve jumping from one colored tile to the next and bumping into innocent bystanders.  Hypothetically speaking, of course.  The moral of the story: Always talk to your kids on the way to any location about what is expected out of them.  (Even if you go there all the time and they should dang well know what they should and shouldn't do. ) Or else you will have had a day like mine.  And your kids will be extremely disappointed when their mommy doesn't let them have the free cookie.  Yikes, I tell you.  

4 comments:

Annalia Romero said...

The colored tile game is my least favorite BY FAR! I'm kinda happy to hear that someone else's kids do it. I'm SUPER happy that the commisary is redoing their flooring in ONE solid color that makes that game totally obsolete!

Annalia Romero said...

Sorry about your day. Mine was crazy too, but it was partly my fault. I let the Kirby guys in. The upside...the carpet in the loft is nice and clean. It really needed it.

Grandma Linda said...

I always like the quote about the fact that most days when your raising children all you do is get them a day older! See and you did that today! You'v got to help me Sarah I'v decided I want a wall with everyones family picture on it.So I have....beth and james so far.

Islandalli said...

That used to work well with Adam, not so much with Meg. He likes rules and likes to make up rules, just that kind of kid. I like that quote about getting your kids a day older. Some successes are more measured than others- but that one is near the top.