Summer is great!
It's so true that we adapt to any environment. Whatever the situation, we are given the ability and tools needed to cope. We humans can be so resourceful.
What do we do to keep sanity through the summer? What do we do to get through those months of having all four under one roof...all...day...long?
Now, if you belong to a family with only one child, you won't understand this concept. In fact, you might think we are walking the fine line of clever parenting versus child abuse. Don't go running to the authorities just yet! Come over. You will soon have a very clear understanding of what I'm writing about.
For those of you with multiple children, you'll want to take notes. You will soon be sitting in your house, in the middle of the day, enjoying nothing more than the sound of your Ipod playing in the background. In the distance you will faintly hear the muffled sound of peaceful children playing.
I don't really understand it myself, but it works.
There is something about turning that deadbolt and saying the words, "You are staying outside until we call you in for lunch, find something to do!" That phrase would typically fall on deaf ears, but followed-up by the simple click of a lock— they listen. Hmmm!?
They actually play...nicely!
I don't really care to understand it; I just know that I like it!
We are coping with our situation and we are teaching our children how to cope. A total win-win!
They have started a landscaping business and are focusing on "gardens"!
They come in dirty and tired; with smiles on their faces. They have a sense of accomplishment for the day. They worked hard to build something together...without fighting! These are the sort of memories that you look back on as an adult and are thankful for. This is what summertime is all about.
If you live in the area and you would like a custom built "garden", I've got close connections!