Tonight has not been my most stellar night in parenting. The weather has been crazy all day, I had to run a few errands, the weather caused a change in lunch plans. When I picked my kiddos up from school they were excited and happy. They had a severe weather drill at school today, sat in the hall reading books and even had the power go out on them twice.
After we got home I swept all the corners of the living room and dining room. There was quite a substantial pile of toys, clothes and school papers along with the dog hair that tends to pile up. I almost feel like we should be on hoarders but I would be too embarrassed to let their cameras in my house. The Flylady would say we have CHAOS (Can't have anyone over syndrome). I told my sweet children to pick up their things out of the pile and put them away. This is something that should not have taken more than 10 minutes to complete. An hour of whining and complaining later I calmly went to the kitchen and got a trash bag. I took it to the living room and started picking up toys. I have never seen my children move that fast. I thought that would be the end of the ridiculous disobeying. How wrong I was...
Munchkin and Little Man managed to get the items into a basket to take up to the playroom. But then came the whining about how legs hurt and hands hurt and "I just can't carry that up the stairs!" and "It's not fair that we have to pick all of this up!" Another threat was issued. "If that basket is not upstairs but the time your daddy gets home you are not going to girl scouts tonight!" It wasn't done so we didn't go. At least I followed through, right? I put my babies to bed tonight at 7pm. Normally they don't go to bed until 8:30. I just couldn't take any more. We did say prayers before bed and we talked about why they were being punished by having to go to bed early and not going to girl scouts. Both kids actually obeyed and went to sleep right away.
I hate having to discipline my children but I know they will better for it. I tell them when we talk that I want them to grow up to be compassionate, kind, loving people and sometimes I feel like they do not hear a word coming out of my mouth.
Ugh, I am praying for a better day tomorrow.