Wouldn't it be a nice change for me to close my bedroom door and hang up a sign that says, "Mama, the Negotiator is off duty." Keeping everyone in the house sort of happy seems to be all about negotiation. I find it to be an exhausting process often. It's a Saturday afternoon and the kids all seem to have their own agendas for what they want to do at a given moment. Inevitably, there will be a battle because each kid wants to stay firm with their idea of what is fun to do. How stubborn each of the boys can be when they want their own way.
Kids have too many choices these days. I hate when they spend half the day arguing about picking an activity instead of just enjoying being kids. Since I tend to be a peacemaker, I get involved in their debates and try to mediate the negotiations. When I succeed in that role, I breathe a sigh of relief. But there are days like today and I can't get anywhere in these negotiations.
Call me negotiator. Call me ego juggler around here. Call me when you can take me out for some chocolate :) There's my Saturday rant. I'm sending the crowd outside now with a ball and a prayer. Hopefully, I won't have to throw anyone into the penalty box.
I think my negotiation tool of my mama's toolbox is getting worn down. Well, before I know it, they'll be dating and I'll miss these days when mama was so needed as the negotiator. Or will I miss those moments? LOL