It's amazing how just focusing on being better makes everything go more smoothly. Like my husband arriving home from flying a red-eye to taking my kids alone to Super Target to my son completely breaking down in an "I should not be awake right now and am oddly acting like a crazed pregnant woman that you might be familiar with" tantrum.
Overall, my day went well, though it helped that it was a weekend for me and that my husband was home - both of which meant that I was able to spend more time with the kids and less working. I did notice as I was leaving Target and realized that a) I could not find my keys and b) I had left my Soy Misto at the Starbucks counter that I completely brushed my daughter off who had just figured out how to blow a bubble with bubble gum, which is basically like a rite of passage that deserves more than I gave her.
"Great! Now where the heck are my dang keys and coffee!"
I did backtrack once I got my head together, apologized to her, and tried to start fresh. That actually worked well and I plan on doing that again when I find myself not listening and just rushing through a conversation with them.
So, Challenge #2: Punish without anger
Hooooo boy. This should be interesting, but also, not completely ridiculous because my husband is home and my sitter will be here briefly in the morning, so that means I should be jazzed up with extra patience.
But today, I'm going to really focus on using the 1-2-3 Magic, as well as the corner and other punishments (taking away privileges and toys is big time around here) without raising my voice or yelling.
It's only one day, right?
I find my ability to do this is directly related to what I'm doing (working as opposed to other things - like housework, etc.) as well as what's been going on during the day. We'll see how well I can hold it together tomorrow.
It's okay if you're late to the party - feel free to join in. There's no reason that you can do two or more challenges in one day. And how lucky your kids will be.
Michelle B. did suggest Mr. Linky, but I admit, I'm not a huge fan of his (sorry Mr. Linky), however, if you are following along daily, feel free to leave a link to your post in my comments. No spam, or weird links to porn though, please. I get enough of both and will delete if it's not directly related to the challenge.
Also, I'm very anti-spanking, at least when it comes to kids anyway (ahem). So, just keep that in mind if you're a big time spanker.