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Wednesday, May 30. 2007
The kids have been struggling the past several days with changes in our routine (no more preschool, more trips to the Y for my trainings, sick baby etc) and it has resulted in "grouchy" kids that are resorting to yelling, screaming, pushing/shoving/hitting, name calling and speaking to each other in tones that are rude and disrespectful. They know the family ground rules and it feels like we are needing to review yet again, something that hasn't really changed. I wonder how they can forget these simple life rules yet, in the heat of the moment, in their frustration and "pure energy" responses/reaction, they do. They live in the moment and they let it all out. Their really doesn't seem to be much thinking, processing or problem solving taking place. Its a pure emotional response/reaction. So we start over. I feel like I am spending most of my time the past few days teaching (and not the fun stuff but the life stuff), disciplining and guiding. Its necessary but its tiring.
This afternoon, L was having a really tough time and she just wasn't seeming to "get" that the more she screamed and yelled at me and called me names the more consequences I was going to have to give her. Finally in pure frustration through the tears she screamed "Why do your consequences have to be so drastic?!?!?!?!?!?" I almost laughed but luckily for both of us I pulled myself together and smiled inside as I thought we were doing pretty well. She was still in the same room as I was, we were still talking and she was still going to activities that are in place for the rest of the day. I thought things were going well, consequences reasonable and we were making progress from the previous days. To her things were drastic! Guess its all perspective.