Looking back on my day today I’ve realized that I caved a lot with the kids today. It felt like I was caving-in every hour. My backbone was missing. From the start of my morning till bedtime I continued to give in to all of their requests. Nilla Wafers before eating breakfast. Seriously? I said “no” twice, then gave in. My day seemed to continue on like this. They wanted the pool set up at the bottom of the slide. No big deal you would think, but my middle child will sit at the top of the slide, afraid to go down, thus holding up the line. The littlest guy will grab the hose and spray his brothers, thus filling the backyard and neighborhood with loud curdling screams. I said “no.” I then said “no” again. I didn’t feel like dealing with the drama, I wanted to weed the garden. Well they got their way of course and things progressed as I had predicted.
Do you ever just cave-in because you don’t have the energy to deal with it all? Standing your ground just doesn’t happen. You do whatever you need to do in order to maintain your sanity? “You want ANOTHER popsicle? You just had one.” “But Mom I said ‘please’.” “Fine.” I’m usually not this lax with them, but I just didn’t feel like arguing. “You want to paint 10 minutes before we need to leave to Grammie’s for dinner?” “Fine.” Why can I handle it better some days and not others?