Friday, June 20, 2008

Crazy Mama

Carrie posted my thoughts pretty completely yesterday. My kids are making me crazy so allow me a little rant if you will.
First of all, I absolutely can-not stand for someone to walk in the door with a crappy attitude (yes, I said crappy. CRAPPY.) Yesterday, after my kids got home from VBS...and they are indeed at another one because Ty is helping since he couldn't last week.
Anyway, after they walked in the door they started to go at it. They just began screaming and yelling about a schedule or some other rot, and then they all turned on Andrew because they thought he was messing in their stuff, which went to MORE screaming and yelling...and on and on it went. Until I had to do the deep, scary (yeah right) Mom yell to make them all retreat to their proverbial corners for a longwinded lecture about why we LOVE EACH OTHER, and how rude it is to walk into a place (that was completely peaceful a nano-second before) going beserk.
Did it work? No. So by the end of the day I was twitching and trying to cover up my Tourettes.
I honestly think that it has to do with the insane pace we have kept over the last few weeks. We have had camp, 2 VBS's and lots of hanging out with our friends to name a few. We haven't had a ton of down time and I think that is making things a little whack? Who knows, though. What do you notice the trigger is when your kids start losing their minds? And better yet, what do you do about it?


carrie said...

I hope you were kidding about the Tourrette's because I laughed at that part.

I wish I could say things were better over here today, but I just did the screeching thing again. Chaz, out of meanness, just went by Jack while he had his bottle of ritalin open and swooped a Jedi cape over his head, causing him to spill ritalin all over the floor.

With the baby walking around and Zoe moaning that she wants to play with her friends next door.

So far, today is stupid.

Emily said...

I love Carries last line....So far, today is stupid. :) hahaha.

I'm not having a very full summer my dear, and my kids are fighting, so the booked summer thing isn't the reason. :) It's that kids are selfish little ogres. haha. (sorry)

forced reading helps. Forced cleaning together helps. FORCED hugs after a fight. Man, that always helps.

sorry about your day. It's such a mom thing.

Gotta GROW with it said...

oh has only been 2 days of summer break in this house and i've already done my sharing of mommy yellin'. when did my boys start fighting and whining so much?

hang in there!

javamamma said...

Yeah, I'm with ya on the very little down time - ha, how 'bout none? :) We've been flying through life, which is fun, but this week has been a tad stressful. Thank You Jesus for grace!

Reformed Grits said...

I'll see how long it sticks, but we had an interesting thing that's working so far...
I'll blog about it... hehe

Halfmoon Girl said...

I hear ya- we have times like this around here too. I find that if I stop lecturing long enough and look at our schedule, sometimes it does seem that we have been too busy and have not had enough down time. Sometimes I send everyone to their rooms to read- this is not much of a punishment, but it gives everyone a break from each other. I don't know if you read my comment at Carrie's, but I have taken to sticking my 2 oldest in the attached garage to bicker so that we don't have to listen to it. Usually we talk about team work and self control when the fighting gets bad... and yes, I spazz out with frustration sometimes too. Glad to hear that you all yell too.

Distybug said...

I make them go outside. I find that TIRED kids make happy adults!

EEEEMommy said...

Do you really have Tourettes? I had a friend in college who had a really bad tick which she struggled to control.

I had an emotional breakdown myself this evening. Today was actually a more peaceful day, but I was late getting dinner on the table and the DOG was whining and all of a sudden, the craziness of the past couple of months just caught up with me and everything was irritating. I yelled and then I cried and then I felt better. Ironically, just hours before I had written, "I am at peace." I think the Devil took that as an invitation.

I will say for my kids, because they're not used to getting up and out the door every morning, that weeks when we have to do that are tough and meltdowns are inevitable.

Gayle said...

Hee-hee! No, I don't have Tourettes, ladies. Yet.
I have a hard enough time trying to control what "voluntarily" comes out of my mouth, so I can't even imagine... :D