On Monday, Kids, and The Dealing With of Them

February 11, 2008 at 1:02 pm 2 comments

Okay, so that title was grammatically a wreck, but that’s okay for today. 

I’ve been with people non-stop since last Tuesday and my little personality-spirit SO needs some down time to be healthy.  I find myself just wanting to relish in the fast that I’m tired today, and just “do”.  My husband woke up talking about needing soap and telling me he was getting sick and asking me how I slept.  And I don’t think I had a word…I just long for peace and quiet so much at times.  

Later, one child could not eat breakfast because his eggs needed salt.  I made him eggs, bacon, and toast, and he can’t eat because he can’t salt his eggs.

Two kids made it to the van without their coats…after I’d harped on one for five minutes and looked for a coat, I’m driving down the drive and the oldest STILL didn’t have one.  I threw that van in reverse and threw myself an intentional hissy fit. 

There is a time for sweetness, and there is a time for godly fear.  Today was the day for godly fear.  Adults are taxed, and it’s not the time to go your own way and make waves.  It’s time to buckle down, show responsibility, give adults a little relief and be content. 

Enough is enough.

I may be dead wrong here.  But, I believe that children need to know that people have limits of energy, and patience, and grace.  They need to know that they can pick up the slack and make things a whole lot easier, or they can be self-centered and be miserable in the back of the bus out of earshot, because I’m not listening to a bunch of self-centered “do everything for me” whining when the world has been in need and it’s crunch time.  It’s time to buckle down and be problem solvers.  It’s time to listen and do what you know to do.  It’s not time to be lazy and whine and waste time and resources. 

I’m all about extras and making my kids feel grand.  We went ice skating yesterday, had hot cocoa, invited a friend, went out of town, ate out, had a marvelous time.  But, I am so tired of the whiney attitudes.  Child, if you have a problem, try to fix it before you start whining to no end.  There are too many people in real need.  The contrast is unsightly. 

I would suggest we all bear this in mine in coming days.  We will all fail, but it’s just a good principle to bear in mind.

I think I need some coffee and some yoga now.

My Quote for the Day:

Invest your time wisely:  80% where you are strongest 15% on learning new things, and 5% where you need or want to grow. 

(from Wisdom for Men:  Practical Bible-Based Principles for Home &  Word by Bobb Biehl [it just happened to be the closest thing to the toilet when I had two seconds to revv up for the day]).

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  • 1. Susanne  |  February 11, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    And I thought I was the only one with a bad Monday experience. I have been in bed with the flu since Friday morning…
    Needless to say, my house is a WRECK!! While trying to pull myself together this morning to attempt to get a handle on this mess, my oldest (2nd grade) reminded me that she had a project due today. Did we have it? Negatory! I had to email the teacher and find out what the penalty for a late project is. On one hand I felt bad, like it was my fault. On the other, doesn’t an eight year old deserve to bear some of the burden (if not all) for her own responsibilities? I fear I have created little dependent monsters… what to do, what to do???

  • 2. Misty  |  February 11, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Amen, and preach it sister! You and I had the same sort of morning, except I had only one whiny kid to ship off to school. When I have 3 to get ready, I’ll probably be a full blown coffeeholic!

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