WARNING--this is a ramblings post of mother-thoughts at the end of a week!
A word to the wise: When dishing out a punishment to a child for breaking a rule, be quite certain you are not punishing yourself far worse than them. For example- When Clark gets all of his school work done he earns 45 minutes of computer time or Wii time. This arrangement has been working out well for many months now. Last night I went visiting teaching and in my absence Clark figured ,"the cat's away-the mice will play" and he took the opportunity to play more computer time. The 45 minute rule is pretty strict and he knows it, but I guess Abe doesn't really know it. In all fairness to Abe, he isn't here that often, so I shouldn't blame him (although I did anyway).
When I arrived home I wasn't too pleased and told Clark, "you'll still need to get your school stuff done tomorrow, but you won't be able to play computer or Wii".
STUPID, STUPID, STUPID decision on my part!!!
As a result he skulked around the house all day with ZERO motivation to do anything, except to tease his sisters!
Subject change-- FAITH IS POTTY TRAINED! Yea! I think some very musically talented person should put out a CD of top potty song hits! I'm sure I'm not the only mom who makes up little "potty ditties" to encourage and celebrate the proper use of the potty.
QUESTION-- Do any of you other mothers out there let the two year old go around all day with all clothes, including shoes put on backwards? I was so pleased that Faith took the initiative to get herself dressed this morning that I didn't have the heart to tell her everything was on backwards. Is that mean like when you put a shirt on inside out and nobody tells you about it so you go around all day looking like an idiot?
It might be a little early to tell, but I suspect Cannon is on the verge of becoming a better sleeper. He is finally taking longer, more organized naps and that is the first step to sleeping better at night (or so all the "experts" tell me). Oh, I hope so.
I have had a couple of new, exciting developments in my life lately. I was recently called as the Primary President in my ward. I really enjoy working in Primary and I have great ladies to work with so I'm looking forward to it. I have also started teaching piano lessons. I have six students and it's been really fun.
Book recommendation-- I just finished reading A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter and I really enjoyed it. So if you are looking for a good, uplifting read I recommend it.
All right, that is all for my ramblings tonight. It is the weekend and Abe is home and I'm going to try to be nicer than I've been the last couple of days.