We are having some training issues here today and it's driving me nuts.
For some reason, children and company are under the impression that we have some sort of levels of obedience in place around here and it's not a pretty day at all.
I have youngers literally climbing the walls...seriously, up the back of my couch, flipping with a somersault over the couch to the ottoman, jumping onto the recliner and climbing on top of the piano.
It has literally and physically been a ZOO here this late morning.
School work went along decent enough this morning while eldest and future daughter-in-law went outside to deal with fence posts and cattle panels (we are re-configuring a dog run). I had issues to deal with concerning middle child and the fact that he didn't understand DIL wearing shorts. Not just any shorts...rather short shorts. He kept using one excuse or another to be the one helping with this or that so he could go in and out for tools and such.
We aren't a family of shorts wearers here. I barely tolerate jeans for certain work tasks. But shorts? Not even for bedtime. And moreso not in front of little eyes.
From that, the zoo just started creeping in. Youngers were all over. Middles were finished with school and then they decided that obviously rules are written in sand...actually, it seemed more like the consensus was they were written in smoke.
My family plan along the side bar? It works well if it's understood and followed, enforced with consistency. Not today, though. Today is a training day. A re-training day.
We will be staying home from church tonight I believe. Training is more important than socialization at church. Yes, church is a good thing and yes, at one time I did withhold church activities as 'punishment' and such. No, I don't do that anymore. We change the normal routine now instead usually. But, tonight we'll be home. Training. If we went to church, I'd have no control over the evening and they would get certain allowances. I teach the teen youth (no, I don't believe in women teaching mixed groups and somewhere here I've already explained that, so I won't again) and while that entails my own children for the most part, it does not cover my youngers. If I keep the youngers in with me, I really can't 'teach' the teen class. So, home it will be.
We will be reviewing some house rules and their purpose. I have several lists here...I'm a list-maker. I'm not always a list-enforcer, but I am a great list-maker. Parenting problem -- enforcers must be consistent and I lack that sometimes.
The 21 Rules of This House is taped up in our kitchen and apparently we need a review of them. At the link shared, there are other articles. I haven't looked over all of them, but I'd like to. Somewhere here I also have a Family 10 Commandments that we should be reviewing and understanding.
Right now, things are slowly staying more quiet. Children are lying down for much-needed naps. I need to go let the neighbor know we won't be at church -- Dewey has my phone numbers for everyone. I need to fix that and get my phone list updated. I need the time before our training lesson to get myself focused, too. Right now, my own character is in need of attention. I'm at the point of distress here where I'm totally happy to just make it cut-n-dried for everyone...you listen and obey because I am the Mother not a buddy or peer. But, that tact generally doesn't work well in the long term. Instant results, sometimes...long term training results, no so much.
I am finishing the kitchen work -- Taco Soup for dinner with tortillas, a Raisin Pumpkin Snack Cake, an Applesauce Snack Cake and a loaf of Pumpkin Bread. Yes -- I'll add the recipes in another entry :o)
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
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