MY, haven't I been a lovely mother this morning! Some highlights:
1. When child asked a routine question, clutched sides of head and said "URRRRRRG!!! EVERYONE! STOP! ASKING! ME! QUESTIONS!"
2. At peak of busyness/frustration, when older two boys presented boring old million-times-repeated bicker ("He called me stupid" "Well he hit me!"), said "Shut up, both of you." Nice language. Nice diplomacy.
3. Claimed would throw away anything found on the floor, since floor-residence clearly meant no one wanted it. Nice irrational bluff.
4. Made general declaration of martyred righteousness, along the lines of "Why do I have to do all the work around here?" Nice adolescent example.
5. In the middle of busy before-school routine, couldn't tolerate mildew-speckled shower ceiling one! more! second! and started scrubbing at it with bleach wipes, then got frustrated with children for needing before-school assistance when I was clearly! busy! Nice priorities.
6. Asked series of questions I already knew the answers to, starting with "So you lost your lunch box," passing through "Your BRAND-NEW lunch box," and ending with "Less than a week after you got it." Nice shaming.
Well! Cleaning report: shower ceiling, which has had speckles of mildew for years as I've whined "But I can't REACH it," has a significantly reduced mildew population. I used a---wait for it---STEP STOOL. I know! I too was amazed that such a product could be applied to this situation!
Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...