After trying to explain that having an i-Thing was a privilege and not a right and after having to tell them that more times than I care to remember, I believe I made the fatal mistake of yelling out: "That's it, I've had it. Hand them over. You will now only get your i-Thing after, and only after, all your work is done around here."
Not that I'm all into child labor or anything like that, but I do expect my kids to eat their meals and get dressed in the morning without screaming they can't pull their arm through their sleeve because their damn i-Touch is stuck.
And like a bad case of VD I could not undo what I said so I had to stick with it. Sure it involved more negotiating and haggling than when we bought our last car but I think we all came out the other end with a fair settlement.
So now when the kids are done with their homework and spelling words we play games and generally bug the crap out of each other.
|We're using the chalk table to practice spelling words. |
And yeah, he was super pissed he spelled 'accidentally' wrong.
We play games called:
- In the Olden Days When Mom Was Little and There Was OMG Nothing to Do
- How to Get Naked and Moon the Neighbors
- Now I'm Really Bored, Is Dad Home Yet?
- Oh God, Why Do You Cooking That Again When You Know I Won't Eat It???
- How to Disassemble Remotes and Put Them Back Together and Hope Mom Doesn't Notice
- and my personal favorite, Poo or Puke? Make Alex Puke by Standing Him Next to Gracie After a New Poo Diaper Dump
And for our record keepers out there, the girls are winning 2-0. The Poo or Puke game is not working in Alex's favor.
As I was making dinner the other night, I left the kids to their own devices with some construction paper and markers. Alex came up with a board game that made me smile from ear to ear. He made number cards since he didn't have any dice and even made small cards to use as playing chips.
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A player starts off with $20.00 and the player with the most money at the end of the game wins. He has things such as renting a hotel room--loose $0.21, you get robbed--loose $1.00 and fixing your neighbor car--get paid $90.00.
Granted it's all about money and seriously, a robber only takes a buck, but how cute is that? I love it.
He's laughing, giggling and so proud of himself. In this moment he is happy.
Instead of playing i-Touchs in the evening while Alex is getting his asthma meds and nebulizer, we've been playing his game.
And I'm loving every minute of it.