Seems like I usually talk about all the good things on this blog…fun crafts, beautiful trips, good parenting, funny things the kids say, and so on.
Today I just had an icky day with the kids. Their daycare was closed for Veteran’s Day, so they were with me the whole day. Evidently I have lost the ability to entertain/wrangle/stand to be with my kids for that long. That’s really embarrassing to admit.
We only got about 1/2 hour of playing outside, they were seemingly especially active/wrestling/jumping off furniture/not listening/screamy/weepy, and except for a few golden moments (we played an impromptu game of Go Naked Fish — Go Fish, but everybody gets to see the cards because 3 year olds can’t hold them up properly! — a little craft project, and building a gnome village/castle/museum complex out of blocks) the rest of the day was filled with tears, yelling, and overall unhappiness.
I also spent about an hour in their room trying to get them to take a nap, only to find them “waking up” a half hour later. That’s the worst for me, getting no down time when we’ve had a bad day, and them already tired from a very minimal nap yesterday.
And somehow their daycare provider gets them to take naps simply by having them lie down! Grrrr.
So there won’t be any pearls of Waldorf wisdom today, nor any NVC methods-in-action. Though I am reminded by something funny I heard said by a presenter at a Waldorf homeschooling conference:
I guess I can be satisfied with that.
**Edit: After musing on the day a bit, I can see that it wasn’t really that bad. True, I didn’t model the behavior I’d like for my children, and my needs weren’t especially met. But everyone got fed delicious, nutritious meals, I ran a load through the laundry, and I did have some nice play time with the kids. Napoleona even celebrated my birthday by singing and giving me a cloth-wrapped “present.” (She does this at least once a week. Today’s birthday presents were two sand dollars, some postcards, and a picture drawn on their big DoodlePro.) We also had a silly hairdo moment in the morning, with all three of us adorned with tiny hair clips and pony tails or braids. Sorry, no photos.