I don’t like when my kids are ungrateful. Or when they are complaining. In fact, it makes me absolutely crazy and cranky and I start complaining right along with them. That sure makes the day (or week, if I’m not careful) go downhill quickly. The negative attitudes that crop up around here make me want to run away.
My natural response, you know, that cranky one? Well, I start getting louder and more demanding and commanding and this is quite the site. See, I talk with my hands all of the time. So, a very frustrated me, flails my arms around wildly. While raising my voice. (The oldest likes to mock me for this flailing!)
Then the guilt sets in and I feel like the worst mom ever.
I came up with a plan to (hopefully) overcome this negativity. And to prevent it from setting in again. Our first project, every morning, is to come together and name 3 things we are thankful for.
I wish I could report that the first two days was amazing and that my kids really warmed my heart. But instead, we were generically thankful for whatever got the project over. But you know what? I’m going to stay the course, and maybe in a few weeks, when I haven’t let them repeatedly say the same generic thing but made them think up something new they will warm my heart with something truly incredibly. And if nothing else, maybe I’ll reset all of our brains to recognize that we have more than enough to be thankful for.
Do you have a homeschool confession?