Problem The First: Upon re-reading Siblings Without Rivalry, I was bothered by how many of the parents in their group seemed to blame their own parents for so many things. The book has great suggestions, but I came away with this sense of, “If you fail to heed these warnings, your kids will hate you and their siblings. Forever! Mwa-ha-ha-ha.”
Problem The Second: It is embarrassing to catch yourself humming and wonder, “What is that song?” And then to realize that it is, in fact, the Backyardigans’ “Nobody’s Bigger Than A Giant.” This happens to me way too often. I guess it’s fortunate that the lyrics of Backyardigans songs tend to be clever.
Problem The Third: My approach to household chores is now basically a disaster-management system. One day I discover that there is an un-ignorable odor in the back hall closet, so I clean that out. A few days later, I observe that the weeds in the front flower bed are taller than my son, so I un-weed* it. I would prefer to get back to a more preventative style, but I have no idea how to do that in our present situation.
Problem The Fourth: I am, like most of my peers I think, not getting enough sleep. But on my non-work nights, when the sensible thing to do would be to go to bed at a reasonable hour, I can’t sleep. My brain and body seem to have adjusted to the work-night schedule, and I’m sleepy at 7 a.m. instead of 10 p.m. Perhaps it will not surprise you to know that my children don’t really care.
*Amelia Bedelia is back in fashion now, right? Or does she just never go out of style? Or am I the only one who knows what I’m talking about?