My middle child, Zoey, has hit that try-some three's and is pushing her boundaries farther and farther each day. Last night she decided to yell at me and tell me "You're a stupid Mom!" I have grown some thick skin after going through Tristan's 3 year old stage and now I have been able to work on dealing with the attitude better. My husband and I are communicating much better and are more of a team in helping each other with our children. We do discipline by giving them vinegar when they speak rudely to us or have bad behavior. They do get the chances to correct their behavior but usually they have not corrected it and end up getting a spoonful of vinegar. Usually Cider vinegar does the trick. It doesn't taste good and they do not enjoy it which ends up them apologizing and understanding why they received the vinegar.
Tali, the third child, is still curious as ever and is now speaking more and more everyday. It is such a wonderful thing to wake up in the morning as she is climbing onto our bed and will cuddle up to me and scream with delight that she can see me. She still has her "moments" where she is Hangry! And by Hangry I mean HANGRY!! When we come home before supper she will scream and throw tantrums until she is fed. She wants food now or all Hell will break loose! She has even begun to hit us now if she doesn't get her way. But we keep being consistent and try to cook as fast as we can.
I'm sure every parent faces the same obstacle of it being difficult having both parents work full time and not have the convenience to be able to have supper ready after work is finished. We usually try to go back and forth and share the cooking responsibility. Chris will usually cook during the week and I try to make up and cook on the weekends, but I'm not very good at throwing something together. I like to plan meals. And now that we are struggling to make ends meet with the Oil boom coming to a halt, we have to try to make our meals last longer. So hot dishes are becoming more regular because they last a bit longer. The kids do not like them so much but if they get hungry enough they will eat it.
I have said it before that I like to be challenged and now it is more important than ever to remain consistent with my spending. Especially with eating out for lunch all the time. I always see it as okay to buy something small at the local convenience store or stop into the grocery store and grab a quick sandwich. But in reality it's all these little purchases that add up so much and this month we do not have anything extra to spend. It's stressful yes, but I know that with Chris' help we will make it through this. I just have to remain positive and not let the finances get in-between and put extra stress on our marriage. We have been through rough times before and this is just another hurdle to get over. I am trying to do more freelance work so that we get a few more funds in at least. It's not much but I try to do what I can. I even want to publish a children book. I have the idea but I haven't written a story line for it yet.
made the comment to Chris this morning that it should be easy to lose weight this month as I just won't eat as we can't afford anything extra to spend. I keep that in my mind now and hopefully continue to do so. I do not want to fall back into my spending habits where "this is little, so it won't matter if I buy this." I had to laugh last night as I told him the kids couldn't have a refill on their milks as we had to make the milk last longer. He won't even let me put a ration on the milk as him and the kids drink so much milk. I warned him that I may just start adding water to the milk jug so that it lasts a bit longer. But we are not starving and we have plenty of food. We just need to not spend so much on unnecessary items at the grocery store. Like buying caramel rolls all the time. Yes they are good, but I have started to try to make them at home now. The first two attempts were not very successful. They were edible but I didn't want to have a second. But for now I will keep thinking positively, loving every moment whether trying or not with my children, attempting to bake/cook more at home and working out as much as I can so I can focus on becoming more healthy. By the end of summer I hope I can at least have some biceps or less of a stomach gut anyways.