Get Caught Being Kind

I’m not sure what it was. There was the hurricane, the full moon, Halloween and its abundance of candy. Maybe it was a combination of all three of these that turned my boys into angry, bickering, shouting little monsters. What ever it was that started it all, I’m not happy. They’ve just been awful lately. Constantly fighting. Teary breakdowns over absolutely nothing. Deacon actually cried because Mitt lost the election, he thought that it was only right that he had a turn because Obama already had a turn (great logic).

I’ve had my oldest being rotten to his brothers, my youngest wielding swords and throwing tantrums for marshmallows for breakfast, and my 5 year old crying about politics and that he got dog hair on his blanket. Lets just say the wine has been flowing good over here.

I needed something to get out of this awful behavior rut we’ve been in. I thought back to a little project the boys did at preschool for Valentine’s day. “Get Caught Being Kind.” Here’s what you do. You observe your kids. If you see them do something kind for one another, write it down. Don’t tell them what your doing. I’ve been making them into little cards they can collect. At the end of the day, around the dinner table, break out the cards and read off what you caught them doing. For once they’re not getting caught doing something bad, and you’re reinforcing the good things that they did. I’m hoping this will encourage my boys to be kinder to eachother…more often. I’m just so tired of all of the bickering!

Sometimes they’re being kind and don’t even really realize it. They need to remember that the little acts of kindness are noticed. Those little acts of kindness warm my heart and I want them to know it. I figure after they have collected a lot of kind acts we can plan a fun outing or something. So go on and catch your kids doing something kind. This world could use more kind people.

Still Pouting

Yeah, we’re still not totally thrilled about pre-school, but we’re getting there. Maybe by the last day in May we’ll be running in and smiling. They have a new turtle in the classroom…who might just be our saving grace. No tears today. He sat on the carpet with his new friends in anticipation to meet their new shelled friend.

The Bookself – Quack and Count

Photo Credit: Barnes & Noble

Logan pulled Quack and Count by Keith Baker off of the bookshelf and exclaimed, “We haven’t read this book in forever!” True my boy. I forgot about that one. A perfect one for both Finnegan and Deacon. I remember when Logan used to count every single duck on every page. My first born…truthfully I miss that one-on-one time, but that’s another story. One of the things I love about this book is the illustrations. The illustrations are a cut-paper collage. They’re fantastic  and the kids love them. The big draw to this book, the reason I think it’s so great for my boys, is that it makes them enjoy counting and math.

“Seven ducklings in a row count those ducklings as they go!” The kids love to count them. The book then progresses with the same set of seven ducklings, but it goes from 5 plus 2, to 4 plus 3, and so on. The boys just love it. So many variations but the total is always seven. I must admit that I absolutely adore hearing Finn count. It amazes me how they just absorb and learn things.

“Paddling, flapping, reaching high, 7 ducklings start to…FLY!”

An excellent book for counting! The McShane boys recommend it.