Gabe is very much a mama's boy, and I know it bothers DH that Gabe doesn't usually prefer him. I think in yesterday's case, DH was upset bc he made the effort to do something with Gabe and it didn't pan out. We had already bought a groupon for the activity, so it is partly money lost as well, I think. I probably could have been more empathetic, but it frustrates me to no end, that I am working from home and then he checks out, so to speak, and I am stuck trying to work and deal with kids. And I don't know that it has occured to him that if he would maybe interact with them more at home, to play and stuff, that the kids - especially Gabe - would be more interested in doing other things with him too.
This level of grumpy doesn't happen often, but when it does, it ruins everyone's day.
Supernanny - I don't disagree with everything she does, but I do disagree with rather a lot of it. I think limits and boundaries, and consequences for actions are good. But how exactly those things are carried out (on the show) leave a lot to be desired. And she doesn't think very highly of co-sleeping either, LOL (but in the cases on the show, when it clearly is driving a wedge between the parents, I agree that some change needs to be made - just not in how she accomplishes it). I think my mom is trying to get some ideas on how to work with Gabe (I don't want to say discipline exactly, because that's not quite right, but how to set limits on things so he will listen).
And hooray on the math! Question: as the kids get older, will they be doing an high school equivalency exam of some sort? And how do you prepare for that if so? Let alone things like SATs, etc. As Gabe is just hitting the pre-school years I am still not entirely sur where we will fall on the homeschooling ----- unschooling spectrum. He was trying to draw H and I the other day, and does circles all the time, and identified a triangle. (I honestly have not worked with him at all on this stuff. My mom does a little, when she plays with him, and I know he gets some from TV). So that's nifty.