I feel bad I haven't had time to read for the past several days but can I just tell you all...I feel like we're living in the "hot place downunder". First 9/11 and the Pentagon being hit (which isn't directly near us but close enough), then we had Anthrax in our mail sorting facility...we were the "northern va town" that they didn't mention by name and one who contracted inhalation anthrax caught it in that mailfacility, then West Nile Virus (many dead birds found in our area recently and last year), and lastly I was just watching the news and they discovered two teenagers contracted Malaria from local mosquitos...IN OUR TOWN and neighborhood! Yipes.
Oh my, I'm so frustrated. We certainly are living in the last days aren't we? I just didn't think they would seem like they were all happening right here in our own town.
OK, I read through all the posts now. Whew! It's been busy lately with my calling. I feel like I've had the phone attached to my ear this past week. We have some amazing people in the ward, that's for certain.
I'm glad that things are going better Staceymom, at least that one day. Things have been going so much better for us too this last week sleep wise and then yesterday we got way off schedule due to watching my friend's little girl and so the whole day was off. Now we're back to getting in the swing of things. Definitely morning sunshine and excercise help so much...and getting to bed early. Weird huh?
Lisa, you're great. I think that's a good idea to see if you can adjust his feeding times to sacrament meeting. Do you mind me asking if you've heard back from the birth dad and has he signed papers or is that still a worry? I certainly hope not.
Momnloveit- I think everyone has those days so you're definitely not alone. I think, for me, the key is helping chidren understand choices and consequences lovingly. The best thing when kids aren't behaving as they should is to calmly (w/ minimal reaction) just acknowledge their feelings (ie, "it seems like you're really frustrated/angry/excited right now") and then express your expectations ("you need to get down from the table"/"we don't run in the house", etc) and give them the choice to do it. Or better yet...always stress giving them options of things they CAN do vs. always saying, "don't do that". ie we're into the "look with your eyes" stage vs. "don't touch". I think it's so good to give children choices so that you get out of a power struggle and give them some options. However, if they just don't want to listen (ie, "OK it's time to go, throw the ball one more time and we'll go."-then baby doesn't throw the ball and runs around....just say after a few times of trying to get him/her to throw the ball, "You can throw the ball or I can take the ball but we still need to go, it's your choice.")
I think the more camly consistent you are the better. I don't think you need to be pollyanna sweet
all the time, to mean that you're being a good mom. I think a good mom helps children realize the natural consequences to their choices and I find that ties in so well with the plan of salvation and their longterm development. It's always, always good to acknowledge their feelings through the midst of it. That's just my take. Let me know what you think.