Lessons I’m Learning

1401 1401_ () 1401 1401 One day last week, I ended the day in a puddle on the floor. Not really of course, but as close to a puddle as anyone wants to see. This is what I discovered.

There are several things you should not ponder at the end of a long day, conversations you simply should not have when you are tired and hot and maybe also hormonally challenged. If you start to head in this direction, pray your husband catches on immediately and redirects you to Column Two.

Column I: Things Not To Ponder

Topics include, but are not limited to:
1. How are we doing in raising our children
2. The state of my baseboards
3. The state of the garage
4. Spending analysis
5. The price of sugar and milk and gas
6. How many more years until the oldest is in high school and then college (this one will leave you feeling a bit nauseated)
7. How many more days until the baby turns one (this one will leave you in tears)
8. Is it really time to grocery shop again
9. Varicose veins
10. The energy required to cook dinner

Column II: Things to Ponder

1. Do I want a glass of red wine or a beer
2. Should I call China City or China Express

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You’re So Money Monday

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To explain to any new readers: YSMM is a (mostly) weekly feature where we talk about all kinds of things. The point of it (in my mind) is for readers to find inspiration or to offer inspiration to others. Some times, like last week, we take stock in the good we have in our lives, the very tiny details that can often be forgotten or overlooked. You’re So Money Monday is not always about money, but being “so money” — which is another way of saying: you rock!

You do rock — and don’t you forget it.

So this week, I’ve been thinking about motivation. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I decided to motivate myself. I haven’t decided exactly how that will play out, except I realized that in order to want to do the right thing, the challenging thing, sometimes the mom herself needs the carrot (no, I did not say carat).

But most of us need a little something to motivate our children too. Around here, we have several revolving plans — sometimes the boys will work for chocolate (where do they get that from, I cannot begin to imagine.). When they do their list of chores, or finish a task, I will give them two or three bite-sized chocolates. That has been the most recent M.O.

We have also gone through seasons of charts or earning computer time or maybe even everyone working hard, with good attitudes, for an extended period (several weeks) and then we celebrate the good behavior and hard work with a family outing.

So here is this week’s question: what is the best motivation you have found to “inspire” your children to get the job done?

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Overheard Therapy

Paul: Don’t be too hard on yourself, Elliott.

Elliott: Oh I don’t blame myself. I blame Ethan.

File Under: Yum!

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Paul made these for us on the Fourth, and they were delicious. If you’re planning your menu for the week, might I suggest this sandwich? Yes, I might.

(this picture is from the site, but ours looked pretty good, too.)