We've been sick around these parents. Hello, my name is Lindsay and I have been sick for approximately 15 weeks now. But on top of it we all had really bad colds, sore throats, tons of runny nose junk, etc. Since I was keeping Ruth home from school I decided to make sure it wasn't strep (our friends whose house we had been at had all gotten confirmation of strep) and they never actually tested any of my kids, but put Ruth on antibiotics for an ear infection and Will on antibiotics to help his lungs breathe. Also, nebulizer with albuterol, because always with that boy.
|Molly fell asleep while reading beside me on the couch one day and it was super cute. Don't worry, it's just mac 'n cheese on her shirt.|
|The nebulizer has actually been quite easy this time around. I thought about asking for those kid inhalers but then forgot before we left. This kid just sits down, pours in his own albuterol (after I twist it open), puts it on his head, turns it on, and proudly does it 'all by himself' and then asks five billion times if the water is all out yet so he can be finished, haha.|
|I told Molly to go get dressed and she yelled 'NO!" and ran away. I walked passed a few minutes later to open the pantry door to throw something in the garbage and she was hiding in there. It was HILARIOUS.|
|Will colored this man today and I LOVE IT SOOO MUCH!|
On to some parenting things. My kids have not been the easiest lately. I keep reminding myself that it is probably in large portion to the fact that I have been sick forever and not in my own best state for handling them. But that aside, they really have some things we have been wanting to work on. And because I cannot shut a yelling/kicking 4 yr old in his room every time he hears the word 'no', and because I cannot send a dramatic, emotional melting-down 5 yr old to her bed every time she cannot handle circumstances being out of her control, I have been TRYING very hard to do some research. My number one go-to lately has been powerofmoms.com Why? Because I loved their joy school curriculum and also--they do podcasts. And because I have been feeling slightly better, to help me and my children's relationship, we have started up our gym pass again and I can take my kids to the play area that they love while I get at least an hour to myself. And my podcast. Which makes me feel productive (because I'm not being very productive as far as working out because this pregnancy has been HARD on my body) and also give me a few good tips now and again.
A friend of mine recently posted on instagram that their daughter was REALLY struggling with melting down/tantrums/out of control issues. My comment? I tried to make sure she felt completely supported. This particular mama had been to a therapist, talked to their pediatrician, talked to the 1st grade teacher, and was trying her very best. Now, as parents, I hope we all realize that unless you've parented a child like that, you cannot understand what it is like (and I mean this across the board with ANYTHING in parenting...each kid is so different). And since this is her oldest, and seems quite similar to my oldest, I wanted to provide sisterhood. I also told her "this is the HARDEST because it makes you feel like you have to be the perfect, patient parent because you are the adult in the situation, but you can't be, because we are not perfect. Insert mom guilt. But just keep trying! It takes a lot of strength and effort, but every day we just keep at it!" So for all you parents who have easy, submissive children--you can stop reading now.
Listening to podcasts has at least given me a 'sisterhood' in my frustrations in parenting, but I feel like I still don't have a very good handle on actual tips. BUT it does help me stop and think more often, because discussions are more in the forefront of my mind, and it does help me turn situations around more quickly. So win/win. Here are two recent tips I HAVE gleaned and instigated and so far are going SMASHINGLY well:
There are my parenting sagas. I know that little things like that work for a while, then they don't, and you have to constantly rework systems. But we were really needing some pick-me-ups on parenting over here lately, and those have been helpful, so I thought I would share. Also, I thought I would share my favorite children's book, because Will loves it lately, which I love, because it is MY favorite, and I thought it my civic duty to let the world know that this book is out there.
PS I know you are probably all as desperately sad as me that these are all lame phone photos. Please bear with me. I would also love to be looking at beautiful camera photos. Someday. (I really, really, really hate people who steal.)