Well, my kids have “graduated” from Kindergarten and Grade One, so I’m not allowed to drop them off at the school anymore, apparently. This means that I have all four of my children home with only me, at least for a week and a half until my husband is finished teaching for the summer. The following two pictures just about sum up how the summer is going for me so far, and please consider the fact that I was standing less than ten feet away from these incidents both times.
It turns out that I can’t actually keep up with my younger two kids when my bigger ones are also home, needing food occasionally and forgetting to put their pens away. You see, I have this great plan to avoid hearing my big kids beg for screens all day, a plan I found on Pinterest and modified to be much easier (and less impressive, of course). Every morning when my big kids get up, they have to find their school binders, which we now call their “Summer Binders,” and grab the piece of paper from inside. Then, they have to complete the list on that paper before they are allowed to ask for screens.
They love this idea, and they are much more cheerful about chores and getting sent outside to play than usual, so it’s been going perfectly! … For the big kids. What it means for ME, however, is that I can’t turn on the television to occupy the little ones. I did not realize how much I relied on Toopy & Binoo until I was still in my pyjamas at 10:45 am because I had not even had five minutes to run upstairs to dress myself. I took one of the little ones up to my room with me eventually, and she dumped out all my jewellery and then drew on the floor with deodorant.
Thankfully, starting next week my husband will be around to join the chaos. It will still be crazy, but at least there will be two of us to worry about keeping the pens out of reach, and someone else to blame when we inevitably fail to do so.