I am thankful for my children. While the four of them have quite a bit in common, each one is so very unique. Being their mother has not been easy, but I wouldn’t trade them (or the mothering experience) for anything in the world.
I feel like I can say that with honesty now that it’s 10 pm and the house is quiet again.
As usual, the day offered plenty of opportunities for me to feel guilty about a decision or to feel like I failed one or all of the kids in some way. For example, I thought we’d have fun playing Uno for a little while this afternoon. Little did I know, one child would become greatly offended by the manner in which another child shuffled the cards. Yes, I had to mediate a card shuffling dispute.
On the one hand, I wanted to say, “Oh, you guys are just tired from swimming this morning. Maybe we need to have a rest time today instead of playing games.” But the truth is that I had to help them deal with sinful anger and pride and poor sportsmanship.
One of the most difficult aspects of parenting is knowing whether or not I’m handling a situation the “right” way. Without a doubt, retreating to my room to allow a “Lord of the Flies” scenario to play out would have been wrong. So, even though I didn’t know exactly what to do, I stayed in it. We talked it out.
The day offered plenty of opportunities for shedding tears and talking it out. Each kid spent a bit of time in a room alone “to think about it.” Not an easy day.
But I’m still thankful that they are home and they’re mine.
I am thankful that Hannah enjoyed designing and sewing doll clothes today. She even made a quilted sleep mask.
I’m thankful that Benjamin contented himself with drawing pictures of battles and droids. I think he may be working on another comic book.
I am thankful that Abbey and Noah are best friends. They get into a lot of trouble, but they look out for one another in the trouble.
Today, they enjoyed playing “Food Network.” To play FN, the kids create insane food combinations and judge one another’s creations. It really cracks me up when I hear phrases like, “Beautiful presentation,” and, “I like these flavors.”
The trouble came today, however, when I smelled coffee. I had to put a stop to all of the caffeine ingestion. Plus, they needed to learn that Mama’s Dunkin’ Donuts is not a plaything.
It’s good to give thanks.
By the way, our summer break is coming to an end. I bought some school supplies today. Can you believe it?