So, it looks like my son has finally acquired the cold from hell. Margot is still holding out which at this point I'm ready for everyone to just succumb already so I can stop spending half the grocery money on cold-related products.
Of course, I didn't realize he was sick when he came in and woke me up at 3am whining about being hot. And considering sleep has been something of an inconsistent battle around here, I was bitter and angry and let's just say not my better parent self.
But, hopefully it's nothing some fake tylenol and about 400 apologies won't heal. Blech.
Meanwhile, I'm curious to see how yesterday went for all of you. I've gotten a bit better at over talking with the kids, but I will say it's not easy, particularly when you're sick and tired and tired and sick and slightly bitter that your sick husband has been rendered helpless due to a runny nose and cough.
Needless to say, today is another good one. Challenge #17: Don't Ask. Tell.
We're a question asking society, particularly us lady-folk, who often end statements with some sort of question mark - perhaps not intentionally, but all the same. We do the high pitched end to a sentence that turns it from a statement to a question.
Even worse, many people (moms and dads alike) ask their kids questions when they probably should be making statements.
"Do you want to get down?"
"Can you turn off the television?"
"Time for bed. Okay?"
It's very much the nature of our language and how we've grown to use it, so it's more common then you might think. It's also not the greatest when you're dealing with kids, particularly smart kids who will say "no."
And then you're screwed.
The words "okay" and "alright" aren't so bad if they are statements at the beginning of sentences and not questions at the end.
We'll talk about giving your kids choices later on, but for today, work on making statements and losing the whole "okay?" or "alright?" - most importantly when you're giving directives. Those really shouldn't have a "yes" or "no" option.