I'm miserably sick with one of the worst colds I've had in a long time, and after taking kid's allergy medicine (holy crap, yo), I don't even really remember what happened after dinner time. Seriously, I think I fell asleep in four different places around my house until I finally scrambled into bed at midnight, only to be awoken every two hours by my toddler.
However, I did my best to play what they wanted to play, which just so happened to be the card game War. And then Monopoly.
Probably I good thing I was hopped up on medication, huh?
I'm not letting up today, even though my husband got called on a trip and I can't breathe through my nose. We'll be tackling my nemesis with much gusto.
Challenge #13: The Dreaded "in a minute"
I know we've all got some form of this - either it's "in a second" or "give me a minute" or some variation of the above, but it's an amorphous putter-offer (how do you like that?) that gets to be as annoying as hell. Not just for the kids, but for me too.
I use it most when I'm in the middle of working and the kids need me for something. And so, while I can't exactly get up to meet their needs at the moment that they need them (unless there's blood, poop, or vomit - I tell them), I need to use better parameters.
- In five minutes (and set the timer)
- When the show is over
- When I'm off the phone
This is a challenging one, but it's made much easier when you give your kids an actual MEASURABLE TIME. And then, the hard part, sticking to it.
Good luck today. I know I'm going to need it.