My dear husband went the other night to Urgent Care-- he had been having ear pain and he thought he might have swimmers ear. They pulled out a bunch of wax-- about the size of a pencil eraser. That was a few days ago-- This morning he was still in pain and one side of his face is slack.. his smile is lopsided... He went once again to Urgent Care-- he now has Bell's Palsy.
At his work there is about 80 employees, of that eighty 5 have had Bell's palsy-- and all 5 are diabetic!
This weekend Jerry is singing with his band Paradox to celebrate a birthday---
Jerry says that ... aint nothin' gonna stop him...so I guess it will be interesting to see how this show goes!
The kids have been happy to mostly hang out at home this week... we did go to the park for free lunch and it was AWESOME, Shane and Jessica were very well behaved -- but when it came time to leave-- I mentioned that I would love to reward the kids by stopping by our local store-- I wanted a soda... as a treat for myself-- Shane decided that he to be really demanding about what he wanted-- he started being insistent that I get him a CD that had video games on it. Clearly...Shane was not listening when I tried to explain what a possible reward might be. Finally, after feeling like I was fighting with a cloud... I said, Shane either you stop demanding in 5 seconds or no reward for anyone. It took him more than 5 seconds to stop... so no one... not even Mommy got a reward. hum....
I don't know that he clearly understood the cause and effect of his words and behavior-- later that evening he wanted dessert.... (Daddy had brought home some ice cream) Shane was once again really rude about asking for dessert, he was also mouthing off with Jessica while she was trying to serve up the ice cream, I gave a warning and then I said ... that's enough... no dessert for either of you! Jessica was not happy with me...(Shane went off to his room to cry) but she was a bit part of the problem... she could of requested my help or asked Shane more forcefully to leave her alone.
Sometimes I think I need to kick my Mommy butt... so that I stop catering to my children -- but then sometimes I wonder am I expecting too much? Or are the kids ... taking me for a "ride"?
Parenting is such a flexible thing.... but I know that the kids need, and crave structure and rules-- It's hard to know if I am doing a good job... or if I am "mucking them all up!" [recently I read a book, and the Author is from... across the Pond...] :)
I am also in the middle of sewing 60 seat covers with pockets for the third grade teachers--so far, I have sewn 5 ... but I am not going super fast -although ~I need to get off of here and get busy doing...something!