Monday, October 27

Loser


I've lost my temper about a dozen times today. It is not my imagination that my children are...well, stupid today. But that doesn't make it okay to let them see my frustration. I didn't call them stupid. Don't worry. But I did yell, "What is WRONG with you people today???" The boys have been loading the dishwasher since 9:00 this morning. It's after THREE O'CLOCK! and they still aren't done. The girls have been picking up their bedroom floor so I could vacuum for nearly as long. It was practically clean before they started. They have forgotten how to THINK today. I have forgotten how to smile and maintain a semblance of peace to my demeanor.

My head is filling up with snot and I want to lock my children in the basement.

I don't have a basement.

Please, no CPS calls, I've never locked my children anywhere and never would. Though a friend of mine accidentally left Joel in her locked van once. She was driving a van full of little boys to a game and I don't know what he was doing, but somehow they were out and he was not. He was only in there 5 minutes before she noticed.

I'm sidetracked again, huh?

It's been a long time since we've had a day like this. I don't remember how to handle it. What do you do about these days? Do I keep at it and insist they finish their assigned task even if it takes till midnight? Or do I just give up and stop insisting on what appears to be impossible for them today? How do I get them to flip the breaker box switch on their brains and start THINKING again?

This day is a rarity and an extreme example, but we often have a lot of trouble staying on task without getting distracted. If anyone has any advice on avoiding dilly-dallying, I would REALLY appreciate it. Really.

Oh, Hallelujah! The girls are telling me they are done now. WooHoo! I'm off to vacuum.

3 comments:

granny janny said...

Maybe more ataboy's and atagirls when the job is completed in a timely manner. Let's get this done so we can ******, Yeah!

Actually, I remember those kind of days with 1 little girl in particular. The other girl seemed to like things neat and tidy. I believe it is still that way to this day! :)
I sure do Love you!

Ginger@chirgies said...

You are NOT a loser!!! I have those days too! Even Jesus went up on a Mt. side by himself... I think a little Mommy time, is what I usually need - time to refocus and gird up, and get ready for the next hurdle.
As far as motivation... there are days where I make 'em finish to make my point, and times when I say "screw it" -not literally, and move on.

HANG IN THERE!!!

Lawanda said...

Days like that will come and go. Sometimes I give up and sometimes we plow through til we finish it all.

I hate being in one of those days though!!!

Hopefully tomorrow everyone will be on track and things will go more smoothly :)

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