My house is wrecked. I have concrete floor instead of carpet, tile, or wood downstairs. And I have a fine, white dust covering my entire downstairs. We had all the tile in the kitchen, pantry and powder room removed yesterday. I *knew* it was going to be ugly, but knowing and then actually experiencing are two different things. I SHOULD have been up til midnight wiping everything down, but with hubby out of town for the night, and a long night at the mall for dinner and new shoe shopping, I was DONE. So, the concrete floor is gritty with dust, my cabinet doors are coated, the stove is covered in dust, the countertops are unuseable, and the carpets are white instead of brown or green. Denise, my house is your nightmare right now!!!! It’s awful. I put in an emergency call to the housecleaner to come out asap and help me clean up this mess! I know the end result will be well worth it, but the mess….oh, the mess!!!!!!! It will be earlyApril before it’s completely done, and then we start on the next project! And did I tell you that the toilet from the powder room is sitting in our courtyard right now? The kids just thought that was the funniest thing ever!
I have a confession to make…..I am a yeller. I try not to be, how I try not to be…..It just never seems to work out. I can’t tell you how many mornings I arrive at work with my throat already dry and scratchy from screeching at the kids to get them out the door and dropped off at their respective childcare spots. Same goes by the time I get them home at night and actually inside the house.
How do I get them to hear me without yelling? They get so lost in their own worlds, especially when they’re doing something they’re not supposed to be doing, that it seems like nothing but yelling works. It’s awful. Everytime it happens, I tell myself I shouldn’t be doing this, shouldn’t be yelling, that they will listen better if I don’t yell…..but then one of them will do something completely ridiculous (see previous blog!) and I’m off again. My husband hates it when I yell. I’m not particularly fond of it.
I made a vow the other day to stop yelling. Note to self….don’t make that vow the day before hubby leaves for two days! It’s like praying for patience…..as soon as you ask for it, you will be tested! As soon as I say I’m not going to yell anymore, off one of them goes again. Ryley and Grace have learned that when I say they’re DONE or I’m DONE, they had better move away, and I put myself on a timeout!!!!!!
So there…..confession done. I’m a yeller. I’m not proud of it. I’m sure I’m not the only one. I worry constantly that the only thing my kids are going to remember when they’re older is that I yelled all the time. YUCK! Any suggestions on grabbing the attention of a 5 year old, 4 year old, and almost-two year old from the across the room or across the yard, without yelling, would be appreciated, or getting them to stop what they’re doing or doing what you’ve asked them 5 times to do or not do, without yelling, would be great too!