Saturday we had 2 birthday parties.
As a result we also had:
- One Jamba Juice and one Krispy Kreme donut (on our way to Toys R Us to buy gifts)
- Not much else
- No nap
After we got home, Dad left to go take care of some errands, so I had a wonderful afternoon with the kids. Do you sense the sarcasm? It was torture. PJ has learned the phrase “I need Mommy Time”. So every time I tried to get something done, he would whine and say that. How do you resist?
In the backyard I was sitting on a blanket with LJ. PJ wanted me to come play with him on the lounge chairs. He likes to pretend it’s a pirate ship. I said I would stay on blanket as my ship. He got really mad and said “That’s not EVEN a ship! That’s a blanket!” He said it over and over. Incredulous that I would even say that! Anyway. After an afternoon of both kids whining and crying at the same time, I couldn’t wait till Dad got home.
Fast forward to Sunday – I had planned for Dad to go golfing. I would stay home with the kids and get some things done. Wanting to avoid a meltdown, I sat down with PJ and we did this:
It was like he was a different kid! I don’t know if it made it easier on me, on him, or on both of us. But since we came up with the plan together and both committed to it, it worked! We missed a few things on the list, but we agreed on it and had some fun instead.
Reminds me of the idea to use Agile for Families – I’ve always thought that would make things so much easier! Maybe when they’re older 🙂