Honestly, it was a relief to not have to get up early and get everyone out the door this morning.
We had a little "Come to Jesus Meeting" here this morning.
I, ONCE AGAIN, communicated my expectations, we talked about chores and responsibilities, and we talked about how things are going to start running more smoothly around here.
I expect the next few days to be rough. It always is as we adjust.
I am pretty tough when it comes to this kind of thing. I tend to be more authoritative in my parenting, sometimes to the extreme.
I am just as stubborn as they are, but I find it harder to do with older kids.
They can be more hurtful with their words and actions.
Instead of just crying, like the little ones, they sometimes go "straight for the jugular" with their words in order to punish me for the horrible injustice they are experiencing.
I don't want to be their best friend, but I am a people pleaser.
That creeps into my thoughts as I have to lay down the law.
We followed our "dropping the hammer" time with some hot chocolate.
Then, we got to work.
Oh, by the way, my vacuum cleaner only has a short in the cord.
Thank goodness I don't have to buy another one right now.
Today I held the cord in the right spot while Abby vacuumed the floor. It was funny actually.
Dinner is in the crockpot.
The big kids are working on their Valentines, the little ones are taking a nap, and I think I might just go read a book!