Trying to find that magical balance...one day at a time
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
We have found the answer!
Every parent fears that late afternoon hysteria- we seem to have them especially over weekends.Those cabin fever induced fights, niggly crying, fidgeting with everything, tantruming etc. Or often just general tiredness as we seem to have hit a no nap zone, regardless of what we try. Well this weekend we found the very perfect solution - manual labour. Yes, it works like a charm! Our kids have a few chores - making their own beds, tidying their own toys, help with the care of the puppies (feeding, brushing and recently poo collecting with the poop scoop), clearing the table and helping in the garden. Saturday afternoon saw 3 tired and miserable kids. After being called to help in the garden we had 3 smiling happy kids! We repeated the process on Sunday afternoon even before disaster struck. They helped to clean the Weber and the big gas braai and we had happy, tired and dirty kids who enjoyed their swim, dinner and an early evening. It's pretty clear to us that we need to work these guys harder and we will have way less issues!
As to the rest of the weekend :
According to their instructor they made huge progress in only a week horse riding.
Hunter made friends with beautiful Baltic Sea
The kids love their sticker workbooks I bought at Exclusive Book's sale earlier this year.
A had friend C over for play after ballet practice on Saturday and they spent the afternoon doing experiments with her science set.
So what chores do your kids do and are we the only people to notice the "joy in work" thing?