Working through the emotional ups and downs of childhood can be an exhausting task for a mother. My little gang seem to be dragging me along for this bumpy roller coaster ride these past 2 weeks. I have to get my armor ready for when my oldest son decides to share his not so sweet mood swing with me. Wish he had some kind of mood ring hat on so that I could watch for the color change and know not to approach the teen volcano. My two younger boys are their usual rambunctious selves with a bit of whining, wrestling, and debating thrown in. My princess diva loves to speak her mind and let me know that she has an opinion about whether it's a good time for a trip to the supermarket or to the bathtub. I think I'm going to promote her from Princess to Empress. She is turning into the grand sovereign of this house anyway.
I realize that they are all working through different developmental phases (of course, sometimes simultaneously turbulent ones), and I am trying to approach each potentially explosive encounter with patience and understanding. Please don't ask me about my success record with this approach. I have the best intentions, but stress and fatigue can push me to have my own little meltdown. Those are my chocolate craving moments :) I think I better open a chocolate factory at this point. Anyway, I'm gearing up for the boys' return home from school. Happily, we don't have to rush off to any soccer fields today. I'm hoping that the homework isn't too involved or stressful. I just want to have a somewhat peaceful afternoon with the kiddos. This mama does not need all that drama! When I think that I have problems, I just think about the latest Maury Povich show with screaming and brawling families. Talk about drama. LOL.