I could write a post that is filled, top to bottom with "CRAZY, CRAZY! CRAZY! CRAZY!!" and still not convey exactly how busy this last week has been, and how intense life has gotten lately.
This last week I had to make new child care arrangements, which is a frightening prospect for even the best of us, and the rest of us can be floored by it. I've created a pile of stress for me by also looking into getting out of this apartment and into a real live house that we can grow to fill. Just between those two life seems crazy, but it doesn't end with that, I'm stressing about work, and about being there for the children.
This last week the kids and I spent all day Saturday doing house searching… and Friday we went exploring houses on our own. I finished the juice fast, and we've been trying to play catch up on the stuff that they are doing for the end of school. There are only so many hours in a day and it seems like we spend most of them playing catch up… even when we're ahead of the game.
We did find a new house, this one is brand new, it doesn't have ALL the bells and whistles, but it has enough of them that it can still play the song, and the song that is playing is one of finally having a space where we can just sit back and relax. (Of course that time isn't yet. I didn't even get home from work and filling out the paperwork and everything until nearly ten o-clock. (that's a long time to be wearing a tie!)
How was your week?
As a Father of four, I've learned a LOT over the years, some of the things I've learned the hard way, hopefully I can help you learn things the easy way.
Last week I talked about why we (more specifically the kids) can sometimes be Grumpy, this week I want to talk about staying together.
Ideally, your children will want to always be near you, and you won't have to do a thing for that to happen… this is incredibly unrealistic though. What is best, is to train them to stay close.
For me, this "stay together" dream started as a vague idea, taking the children to the grocery store, or the mall was a frightening experience where they would bolt their own different ways, and I considered (more than once) the children leash that so many people enjoy looking down on. Then I remembered a video game I had once played where the main party stayed in a star formation. Now I do that, I have the two boys who are old enough to understand simple directions walk within five feet in front of me, and behind me (they rotate which) and the girls each hold a hand to either side of me. Walking in a loose star formation may seem a little regimented, but I always know where they are and that alone makes most of the difference.
The advice is simply that… keep the kids close. (It helps that I take them hiking and they get used to staying close in the rough, so staying close in the smooth is easy.
Advice from a Father to his children in hopes they will make their life all that it can be. This week I advise my children to use lip ointment.
Okay… so it's not always earth shattering advice, sometimes what is important is simply taking care of yourself. My poor baby has chapped lips as the season goes from hot spring to hot summer. The advice is simple, take care of your body and it won't fail you as much. In this case, use lip ointment to make up for how dry it is.
Wishing you always the best!