They finally got me, my white flag went up tonight. I just couldn't win this one. With being sick and Theo working on his school work it was just a losing battle.
The kids actually won this round.
I've read so many articles, and had so many people, old and young tell me..."Cherish these moments, they go by so fast!". And my response was always..."How about YOU cherish them!". HA! But seriously, I would LOVE to cherish them if they would just give me a chance! Am I right?!
With Theo being in the Bishopric at church, I'm left to sit by my lonesome with 5 kids during sacrament meeting. Of course it's always, "She's sitting in my spot!", "I want that book, crayon, coloring book...etc.!", "I'm hungry!", "I gotta go potty!" and none of it is spoken in a hushed voice. I swear my kids all suffer from VI, voice immodulation, where they can't control the volume of their voices. (Can you name that SNL character? :D) And it's not even the talking that is the bad part, they must be secretly training for the WWF because they are constantly rolling around in the pews, on the floor trying to get one another in head locks. I would not be surprised if they try to pile drive one another!
Of course when we get home, they just pick up where they left off. The fighting, yelling, crying...all at top volume. This isn't just on Sunday, during the week they are fighting all morning until I drop them off at school, then as soon as they get in the car it's fighting and yelling. I don't ever wish for my kids to grow up quickly, or that this part of parenting would all be over. I just want to be able to enjoy this time with them. I really do want to cherish them, but they sure know how to make it difficult.
My family, meaning my brothers and sisters, aren't really huggy and we don't tell each other that we love one another, so I'm finding it hard to figure out how to get my kids to do this with one another. If I could just figure out some way to bring harmony into the home between kids then maybe I could have those special cherishing moments. Theo and I are at our wits end trying to keep the peace, and it's definitely wearing on us. Our methods are going largely unnoticed by our children, and I'm running out of ideas. The constant refereeing is taking its toll, we seriously just lay in the bed next to each other in the fetal position holding on to one another waiting for the screaming to stop and for harmony to magically replace the hostile environment!
So I propose a question to all you out there in the blogging world, how do you keep harmony in your house between siblings and how do you keep your sanity while you wait for the harmony to take effect?
I am a SAHM of 5; Tobie, Miriam, Emma, Hannah and Charlotte. We live the military life through the Coast Guard. Semper Paratus! We love having the opportunity to explore this wonderful country of ours and make great new friends along the way.