Ever since we arrived home from holidays my children have been revolting. A little harsh? You should see what I just wrote and deleted! It’s like they used up all their good behaviour at their Grandparent’s place over the past 11 days so that they have nothing left except over tiredness, whinging, ungratefulness, talking back, eye rolling feralness.
The talking back, the fighting, the grumpiness, the sheer cockiness, and smugness coming from my 4 year old is staggering. The copying and imitation of all of this by the 2 year old is hilarious and a welcome tension breaker. But I have to say that Rob and I are at wit’s end because everything we say seems to have ZERO impact. Not helping is the distinct lack of rest occurring in every single person in the house as we struggle to get back to some kind of normal sleep patterns and routines. I know I’m not alone, it’s happening in most houses all over the place as kids who have gotten just about everything they wanted over Christmas seem to think that this should now be the “norm”. More frightening is the fact that we have 3(!) MOFO weeks left before School goes back. Today I have to try to convince Rob to not deconstruct the new bunk beds he spent all of Monday putting together just to make a point to Daisy. I have to make some kind of stupid sticker chart (again) to try and get them back into line. Tell me this is just adjustment after holidays? Tell me it’s just the tiredness talking? Tell me my patience and resistance is low because I am exhausted? Tell me how to make it better. Tell me a funny joke. Tell me anything.
Happy Holidays? Hmmm.