(by the way, you just *have* to click on the photo. Devlin's face is not to be missed.)
Rachel's Parenting Tip of the Day:
You know what? Just ignore them. They're happier, I'm happier.
They play nicely about 15% of the time, they are in danger of physically harming each other about 15% of the time, and the rest is somewhere in between. Not award-winning behavior, but not bad enough to call the cops.
And that's the way it is, no matter how closely I hover, no matter how many communication prompts I offer, no matter how many boring speeches I make or how many times I lose my temper.
So, when I felt like I was getting frustrated, trying to moderate their squabbles and minimize the noise level, instead of losing my shipoopie (again)...
...I locked myself in my room and read Catching Fire for an hour.
And when it was time to make dinner, I came out and made dinner. And I was happy.
No one died. The mess level in the house was slightly higher, but the mess level in my mind was good. Better than good.
Now, the question, is: can I remember my own advice? This is not the first time I have come to this conclusion (for myself). Can I survive the last 9 days of summer by ignoring my children as much as possible?
Time will tell.