What’s important?

-Molly, you said you were going to tidy up the table when you finish drawing.
-I couldn’t do it because I was in time-out!*
-You’re not in time-out anymore!
-No, but now I have to do my homework.
-You don’t have school for another three days!
-So you’re saying tidying up is more important than school?

I’m sensing another time-out in the near future.

*because she put her baby brother in a toy box.

Getting them to sleep

It took a while to get Oskar to sleep but finally, he was down and we were ready for a story when things, out of the blue, got quite intense.

Molly and Benny started screaming at each other in the bathroom until they woke the baby up. When I sent them to their room, they continued screaming, but also crying and arguing about who woke the baby up.

According to Molly, it was Benny’s fault because he was the one shouting, but the fact that Molly hit him, which made him shout, “doesn’t matter now, Benny! You always have to cry like a baby!”

I was trying to get Oskar back to sleep, listening to kids’ continuous and petty fight, resisting the urge to storm into their bedroom and scream at both of them.

Unsuccessfully.

I went in, told them (maybe shouted) they were both responsible and to get into their beds. I then turned the light off and said “Good night”.

Baby’s now wide awake and upset, both older kids are crying hysterically in their beds, and shouting at them made me feel the opposite of better.

I almost felt bad for them until I heard Molly angrily whisper through the tears: “Why did you have to shout, Benny? It’s all your fault!”

Now I only feel bad for one of them.

From: Home alone with three kids

Not a girly girl

-How was school, Molly?
-Good.
-What did you do?
-You know what happened?
-What?
-So, we were fistfighting and…

I don’t know what I was expecting asking my 7-year-old daughter how the school was, but I didn’t think it was going to start with “So, we were fistfighting…”

(Photo of Molly after school, running through all the puddles)

Bring the excitement back

Are your Saturdays getting too mundane?
Why doesn’t your husband drill through a water pipe in the bathroom?

Excitement guaranteed!

Extras include: watching your husband attempt to stop the water gushing from the wall with his finger (!) as well as listening to your son insisting you look at his Lego tower while the bathroom’s getting flooded.

Tarot reading

There was a tarot reading organised for Halloween. Most of the kids wanted to know about their future love life or their careers. When it was Molly’s turn, she asked: “Which animal will I have as a pet?”

There was a bird in the cards, as well as some fish, two dogs and a horse. Molly said “Thank you” politely but then quietly asked me: “We don’t have to listen to that, right? Because I’d really like a hamster.”

I guess I’ll have to send back that pet horse and all the fish I bought online.