I am always reminding my kids to remember things
Don`t forget your homework or your lunch. Don`t forget to treat your brother with respect. Remember that if you continue to behave that way there will be a consequence. Don`t forget you have a doctors appointment today and I am picking you up early. Remember that we can talk about that at therapy.
It is part of being a parent. I am always trying to remember the next therapy/doctor/school appointment. I am reminding myself to buy milk and to make sure that I defrost some thing for supper. I remind myself not to yell at my kids and to be more patient with Fudge. I try not to forget not to get lost in the shuffle and to take care of myself as well as my family, the house, and work.
Sometimes though in the business of being a parent to kids who have busy lives and lots of challenging behaviour I forget that they are children and sometimes we need to let loose and have a little fun.
Yesterday my boys and I went for spontaneous bike ride and when we got home we were hot, so I hosed them down as I was watering the garden. The change in routine and the silliness of the event created some behaviour issues but it was worth it. We all had fun and it was nice to not be reminding them of anything except to have fun.
As summer swings into full gear I am going to do my best to find time to have fun without reminding my kids of all the things that need to be done. We will still go to the all the appointments we have each week and there will be times when they need to remember things but hopefully there will be lots of silly fun as well.
J blogs at Stellar Parenting 101 where she writes about life after older child adoption from foster care.