My goals this week:
Get up at 6:15 every morning for tea and scriptures, AND
get more structure into our days (=happy babies, happy mama).
We have been having some seeeerious discipline problems lately with the smalls (disobedience and whining are the main things, any tricks?) and have decided to try cutting out most processed snacks/unnecessary sugars AND also cutting way back on how much Netflix time they get. Day 1 went unbelievably well.
The other night I had this really strong impression: make them feel loved, make them feel valued, and then your problems will start to disappear. It's true -- when I disappear into my own little world -- my book, blogs, cooking, whatever -- these little ones start kinda wigging out and doing whatever they can to get attention. Including whining and disobeying. And fighting. And breaking rules. And just sort of being monsters.
Book, blog, cooking, art journaling, long phone conversations, whatever, they all have their place. And I do believe that kids need to be used to playing by themselves. It's finding that balance, and the balance is always changing...
Anyway -- I don't have a tidy conclusion for this today. It's all sort of a mess in my head. But I will say that getting up early helps my head feel a little neater. Early morning watercolor sessions with the early riser of the house help, too.
Even though she drank the paint water when my back was turned.