Last night the kids went to bed terribly. T-E-R-R-I-B-L-Y! Anyone surprised? You shouldn't be. I'm not. (Can you tell I have had enough?!?!?!) They were standing on their headboards, throwing stuffed animals back and forth, jumping on their beds (Connor broke the wooden slats in his) sneaking out of their rooms on their hands and knees (thinking they were being so sneaky, but they weren't.)
Kendon and I tried to be patient. We really did. We tried to use Love and Logic. We really did. But in the end (which happened to be at 10:00) everyone went to bed sad and frustrated. The kids lost their privilege to go to the Spray Park today, which is a bummer cause that punishes me as well.
Well, last night at about 2:00 am Sirri woke up with a raging fever. She is just like me and always gets sick when she has had too much sun. After some IBU and laying with her for a while she went back to sleep just in time for Connor to wake up puking and with hurting ears. He wanted me to lay with him as well which I did.
As I was laying there, feeling so sad for the sick little guy, I was reminded just how much I love my buddy and my other two kiddos.
I was reminded that it is important to discipline and teach your kids but it isn't okay if it isn't with love.
I was reminded that Kendon and I have made a pact that our parenting decisions would always be motivated by love NOT power.
I was reminded that kids will be kids, but they won't be little for very long and that teenagers know the difference between a motivation of love and power and that we better figure it out before they do.
I was reminded that we believe in the Love and Logic program but it doesn't work unless you are dedicated and committed to doing it right.
I was reminded that we have been given these children as stewards from our Heavenly Father and He trusts that we will do the best that we can.
I was reminded that being a parent isn't easy, but it can be worth it.
I was reminded that the sun will come out tomorrow and every day is a new day!