WHAT A WEEK! O_o
Oh my goodness we'd had some good weeks. BUT this one, it was soooooo difficult.
FROM BAD TO WORSE
The week started off on a pretty positive note. Both kids finished their work efficiently which made for a shorter school day in total.
Speed Racer was finished in 3 hrs flat and Tiger Lilly was punching in at 4 hrs even with 'homework'. But a few days into the week, things started to go down hill.
DAY THREE WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE END
Yep, it was on Wednesday that the week started a downhill spiral. For some reason Speed Racer, although appearing awake and alert, was having the following problems.
- Not Following Directions on the First Request
- Talking Back - and not respectfully
- Prolonging breaks
- Not wanting to finish work
- Allowing child's behavior to make her grouchy
- Not reading the Calm Down list herself, lol!
- Trying to continue school with neither the child or I was in a good mood
Now you know about our CALM DOWN LIST so the tantrums were minimum BUT several other things went wrong after now reflecting on them.
WHERE DID IT GO ASKEW
I noticed several things on Wed, Thu, and Friday mornings...Speed Racer wasn't in bed fast asleep. He was caught on Wed (sneaking into his room), Thurs (I could've sworn I heard him come up the stairs and get into his bunkbed), Friday morning he came and gave me a 'sleepy hug' when I got up at 4am to go to work.
Also, Dear Loving Husband purchased a bag of candy for Speed Racer, I found the large bag of candy in the kid's bed.
Did I mentioned that Mom didn't get her daily 'power nap' either? Because when I have that, I'm able to be a 'halk eye' and make sure Speed Racer doesn't sneak out of bed to go play video games.
WHAT TO DO?
Well with all of that chewing on, I realized I needed to fix some things.
When school is gone astray - save it for later. Take a break-not a punishment (deal with the punishment later when everyone is calm).
Realize that next week will get better. It's a new week.
Try to address, fix the things that went wrong the previous week.
And don't let the kid eat an entire bag of candy hidden in their bed late at night.