If you’re a mom and fighting a cold, you might just close your eyes while sitting on the couch in the middle of the afternoon.
And if you close your eyes after a long week of work and the end of the first-week-back-to-school, you might just fall asleep.
And if the single mom falls asleep as it gets closer to five o’clock, the resourceful unsupervised boys might just make their own dinner.
And if two young boys decide to make their own dinner, they might just pour out a bowl of cereal and head upstairs with a large number of Hershey Kisses piled on top.
And if the boys are wise enough to know that they’ve taken far too many “treats” they might just try to hide the wrappers in their bathroom.
And if the boys mention getting some more treats as they walk past the couch, they might just wake up their mother who then decides to explore the little house and see what the boys have been up to during her absence.
And if the mom finds evidence of all this unhealthy eating, she might just send the little squirts off to their room for a break so that she can sit down on the couch.
New Year’s Resolution number whatever – beware the first week of January. It will knock you hard. Respect it. Respect the disruption it holds on your life. Respect the toll of exhaustion on little bodies as they try to “align” themselves with the routine again. Respect the stress on your own life as you readjust to work and wade through all that has piled up in your absence. Be more patient with those little creatures and with yourself. Rest more. Forgive more. Remember that it’s okay to say no to good things.
Do you know why parents have to talk to each other so much? They have to float ideas out there to make sure they’re not crazy. “Seems to me that a 7:00 pm practice is a bit late for a 6-year-old….” “Oh, yes.” “I know, right? It just throws off our whole evening!” “Uh, hmmm.” Check, yep, I’m right. We’re going to have to start skipping those late evening basketball practices and get a bit more sleep.
“I think Mr. Ornery hit yellow on his behavior chart the second day back to school because he’s not back in the rhythm yet.” “Oh, yes. I’ve had to wake my kid up every day.” “I know, right? I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on him for having a rough time at school.”
New Year’s Resolution next in number – support one another through those crazy stressful times. Encourage each other and take naps as often as you can!
Getting back to “normal” can be pretty rough on everyone. If we find it hard, kids find it harder I’m sure. But know you and the boys will be fine! Spent today with Katrina’s boys. Glad to be a grandmother and not the mother!
I am in total agreement with everything in this post! I often find myself ‘discussing things’ with others, just so that I can hear them out loud and get the affirmation that I am NOT crazy!
As for candy wrappers? My daughter took over my bedroom, watching movies, when our weather turned a bit cool. I came in later to find that my ‘treat’ bottle supply had dwindled. She said she was innocent – later that night, the empty wrappers shoved in my drawer proved otherwise.
I forgave her, but also issued a small lecture about ‘lying’ 😛
Thanks for your comment – and I’m so happy to know that there are other candy “thieves” lurking in other people’s bedrooms! 😉