Saturday, January 28, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
One of the best parenting books that I've read to date is Lisa Welchel's Creative Correction. Not only is it full of Biblical parenting wisdom, it shares creative and practical ideas you can use in disciplining your children. We've used the ideas shared in the book to help end an argument and solve the problems in the never ending saga of sibling rivalry. Well...this weekend, we added another strategy.
We've watched this clip numerous times. I have no idea why they are hopping...It could be a hoax for all I know. What I do know is that we start laughing the minute they start hopping. So that got me thinking...
Big Guy & Middle Man couldn't agree on something Saturday morning. Voices were raised and the alarm of "MOM!" was sounded. After calling the perpetrators down to the kitchen, I told them to start hopping. What?!? The look on their faces was priceless!
"Yep, if you two want to keep arguing, then keep hopping."
Even Little Buddy joined in on the hopping...and he wasn't even a part of the disagreement! Within 15 seconds, they were tired (which makes it hard to argue when you're out of breath!) and laughing (which makes it EVEN harder to argue when you're laughing!). I don't think they even remembered what they were arguing about at that point.
Then yesterday, we were out and about as a family. An argument ensued between Little Buddy & Middle Man. "Start hopping" was all I had to say. We got quite a few looks in the middle of the parking lot as each held his foot and hopped while working the problem out.
Maybe hopping to work out a disagreement will start to spread. We might even see it on the next presidential debate!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I have to admit...I'm addicted to Pinterest. Ideas abound on this wonderful piece of the web. The only problem is that I spend a lot more time "pinning" than doing!
A fun idea that I pinned recently is some heart shaped cinnamon rolls found at "Poppies At Play":
What a cute way to show the boys my love! Not just that they are the shape of a heart, but they're OoOEy, GooEY SwEEtNesS! One small problem...I don't have 2-3 hours on a Saturday morning to make cinnamon rolls from scratch. So, I took the easy way out and bought that little, giggly doughboy and his super big cinnamon rolls in the can. Here's the quick instructions on how to make these yummy treats.
Open the cinnamon roll can, keeping the raw rolls in a circle shape. Then, start unrolling one end of the circle-shaped cinnamon roll and re-rolling it to create the heart. Our youngest son watched in fascination and thought this was so clever...it takes very little to fascinate this child!
Simply bake and follow the can's instructions, cover with the can's icing, and add some sprinkles (EvERythINg tastes better with sprinkles!). In 20 minutes, these little cuties are done!
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Our 12-year-old, Big Guy, had a huge change today: BRACES! Initially, I think he was excited for this day to come. His orthodontist feels the best plan of action is to use an apparatus called the "Herbst Appliance" (photo and info here). At our appointment today, Big Guy only had the top braces "installed". He'll go back in a few weeks to have the bottom piece of the appliance put in, then receives the arms of the Herbst Appliance (they look more like shock absorbers to me!) next month.
By bedtime tonight, the excitement has worn down. Big Guy said that he can't wait to get his braces off. Um, dude, you've only had them on for 8 hours! This may be a long, long road full of many chocolate milk shakes and Advil...for both of us!
Monday, January 2, 2012
I just got my next five checks ready. Of course, I hardly write checks anymore...it might be July before I get to the fifth check!
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Then this morning, just 12 hours later, he started working and working on the other top tooth. Again, he came and begged me to pull it out. Just a paper towel and a steady pull later, he lost his second top tooth. He can't wait to go back to school tomorrow and have his friends guess what's missing!