This is the flip side of the last post. The little cherubs residing in our home might need compassion but they also are at times little buzzards. Little sinners, little buzzards..... In a lame attempt to discover a more peaceful home, I have been chasing all sorts of methods to better cheerfulness around here. The first experiment on the lab rats was to make a star chart and hand out stars for random acts of responsible, helpful behavior. Now I just need to remember to do it. They seemed to respond to that variable. The best news is the husband really has responded. That is so cute. He has been doing an amazing job of helping out around here. His 13 year old clone also seems to appreciate the star chart so I will somehow have to remember this more often. The littlest people could use some stars if they actually spend any length of time not whining, crying or screaming.
In light of little screamers, I pondered how to extinguish this behavior for increased peace around here. Yesterday I was pretty much intolerant of this behavior and had children washing floors, running around the house and sitting on their beds to do their own pondering. It got a bit ridiculous so my revised plan is to pick a kid and try to assist one at a time to work on their screaming, whining habit. I don't mean I will let the rest get away with stuff but if I try to extinguish this loveliness from everyone at the same time, it will probably only leave me screaming and whining. Chillax people!!! I will have to do a combination, wash the floors if you whine, with "yay, you get a star for making it through an hour without whining or screaming!"
It is the vast quantity of little buzzards, conspiring to suck the life out of me, which is the most challenging. Focusing and finishing anything seems hampered by all the interruption so somehow I hope to make some progress on all of this for everyone's sanity. I know! I can carry treats in my pocket and when they illicit the proper response to my experiment, they get a treat! Facepalm. Breathe.