This week has been immensely stressful. I don’t know what is going on, but my kids were not themselves this week. We’ve had some major attitude, talking back, lying, sneakiness, laziness, etc…the list goes on. There’s been spankings, grounding, yelling, crying, lectures, blah, blah, blah…nothing has worked. Yesterday was a doozy. After dealing with all the nonsense of the week, the last straw occurred yesterday morning. I’ll spare all the details leading up to the blow up, but as Princess2T was storming out the door for school , Big Puppy had enough. He got in her face and made it known that this crap will no longer be tolerated in our home. She cried, they left for school. While in the car, he let them all know that things are going to change…no more half way doing your chores and getting allowance, no more ugliness to any member of our family, NO more lying, no more attitude, etc. They all cried (he’s typically not the one that lets them have it, so when he does…it’s a serious matter), he explained why things were changing, calmed them all down & dropped them off at school.
Fast forward to after school… I pick up Chubbs just like any other day, then head over to pick up Princess2T & Pickle. I pull up to the pick up area, and only see Pickle looking all freaked out. I get handed a note by the on duty teacher, who happens to be Princess2T’s math teacher, that basically says she decided to ride the bus today. She was very surprised that she had done something like this because ‘It’s so out of character for her, she’s such a good kid!’ I smiled & told the teacher that I would call her Dad & let him know to be expecting her, all the while I just wanted to cry. So, since I have to wait for almost another hour for her to get off the bus, I run my errands, then drive over to where she’ll be getting off the bus. I wish I had recorded the look on her face when she stepped off the bus & saw my truck, I saw her little mouth say ‘Oh my gosh!’ Her Dad then let her know that she can’t just go where she wants, we have a schedule for a reason & we are on the same team. It doesn’t matter if one of us makes her mad, get over it. Discuss it with that person, don’t run away…and it is NEVER to happen again. So, we went home, had a lengthier discussion, and dealt with the punishment. (Come to find out, Pickle had that note all day & didn’t tell anyone, so she got in trouble as well.)
After all that, you’d think that they would actually try to change and do right this morning…uh, no. They left their chores undone, didn’t get their morning duties done, and still had attitude. So, we’ve come to the conclusion that our kids were abducted by aliens, and hopefully they’ll be returned next week.
Seriously, we have some major changes that are going to occur in the Alexander household, starting with us, the parents. I am partially to blame for the craziness since lately I have been so preoccupied with my own stuff, I have been slacking on my quiet time. I believe that if my relationship with God isn’t right, then how can my relationship with anyone else be? I am getting back on track with my daily reading and my quiet time…enough is enough. Do you find that when you start slacking everything goes haywire?