I’m failing at this. Totally failing.
The supposed-to-be-Oyster-gray grout between my kitchen floor tiles is as brown as the mud tracks our dog left on the living room floor last week that have yet to be removed. The toilet paper in the hall bath permanently sits in a pile below the dispenser because 100% of the time 66% of my kids are pretending to be cats, and they like to paw at the roll until it unravels in a heap. They also tend to forget to use that paper as it was intended thus the permanence of the pile, along with the constant need to buy new underwear.
My oldest daughter had picture day at school today and I had to braid her hair to hide the grime because she hasn’t had a bath since Sunday (it’s Wednesday). I also put her in tights that were so small the crotch is sitting roughly between her knees, but luckily her too-big skirt is hiding the MC Hammer effect.
I thought we were making progress on potty training with the two year old but he told me last night that he loves diapers “more dan lions” (which is a lot). Because positive reinforcement isn’t working–he doesn’t care what we think of him and is unmotivated by promises of M&Ms because he has a network of old ladies in the neighborhood that supply him with sweets on the regular–I told him that I would have to take away his coveted blankie if he didn’t start sitting on the potty. He responded, “I sit. I no pee.” I had no comeback. He left the room, prowling like a cat, with his blankie between his teeth. Continue reading