Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Divide and conquer

Typically, when we arrive home on a work/school day, it is pretty chaotic. Dinner is being prepped, laundry is started/folded/switched, demands are being made, whines are being heard and seem amplified, dogs need to be fed, shoes need to be tied…all within the first 30 minutes. Typically, both Todd and get frustrated or agitated…probably adding to the demands and whines we are hearing from our children. They haven’t seen us all day and want (need) our attention.

Thankfully, we have learned, over a long road, that what seems to work best for our little clan is to divide and conquer. One of us takes the boys outside to ride bikes or practice baseball (typically Todd), while the other one cooks…

One of my favorite times of the day ends up being when we all sit down at the table…but, that happiness seems to fade quickly when someone immediately states how they “do not like what is on my plate” or “he has the cup/fork/plate I wanted” or how they all seem to get up 15 million times throughout the meal, to go potty or dance or run or skip or pout. Life with 3 boys, 5 and under will make you keep tequila in your freezer. Alas, we continue our nightly ritual of struggling bonding over dinner.

A few shots of practicing with Daddy...
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