Sometimes life has plans that are not your own chosing. Going on 2 weeks with the flu in our house was definately not on my agenda. We snuck into February while I was checking temperatures and washing sheets. But staying on track requires the diligence that says no matter what the day brings you still have a goal to reach. 48 weeks to go, right!
In addition to the sidetracked nature of having 4 kids with the flu, it is difficult to constantly be reminded that you are on a journey that is filled with the unknown. Constantly questioning if the things you say and do are right, are they building up your kids in the best possible way so that they can grow and be nurtured and develop into the best person God has destined them to be. Sure, I could put off these thoughts until everyone was well and we were again following some sort of routine and had regained sanity that comes with sleep. But, perhaps in my sleep deprived brain I choose to focus on these things because there is a bit of the 'raw' me exposed! I am unnerved easily and dealing with a very strong willed 8 year old isnt helping! Part of the mission or goal in this year was to step back and count to 10 more often, though I am finding this easier than I thought I think I need to up the count to 30 or more... Unfortunately I have always had unrealistic expectations where my kids are concerned, I just never said that they were that. To be quite frank, I do not think it is too much to ask that a child do certain chores around the house as a part of being a viable member of the family, nor do I think it improper to have a routine to accomplish said tasks and homework and such. Then enter rebellion, strong will, etc...... no one warned me about this! So I am on the hunt, reading all material in hopes that its not too late, that I can implement something. Although I am fairly confident that I have a grasp on part of the issues I think there is more that can be addressed. HERE I have found a great article about being a stay at home mom. And on the same site - some articles about kids and discipline/rebellion. For some reason I think this is just the beginning and I am all for being prepared for the battle in front of me......
oh, and for those charting - here is a great idea, although I plan to modify and customize my own version - i really think this site has some great ideas!
Perhaps the next post will be a tad more cherri-o!