It's amazing that right when you think things are going really well, that something can come along and just ruin that feeling?!?! Yesterday was going really well, managed to get a lot done. I moved the boys sleeping situation around a bit. Monkey needs a bit of space, especially if he's going to have any hope of concentrating. Little Man has been begging for a bigger bed the last few months, he was in a toddler bed. So, I decided to move Monkey upstairs into the murphy bed, and Little Man down to Monkey's old bed. This worked well as I did not need to purchase a new bed, and in fact get to sell one now.
Obviously the rest of the house has been suffering with the work I've been doing, but I felt that some progress was being made. I got the boys into their beds, and turned the lights out by 8:00 pm. I was impressed that I only had to go and speak to Bug & Little man once before it was just silence in the house. I did a little more work at this time, then finally made myself some dinner. I decided to take it downstairs to enjoy while catching up on some shows. There was a slight problem with this plan. I got settled on the couch, and turned the TV on. I could hear things, but I couldn't see anything?!?! At first I thought maybe the boys had changed a setting, so tried to get into the menu. Nothing. This is when I got up to inspect the TV. There were two huge cracks on the upper right portion of the screen. To say I was angry would be an understatement. I was actually glad that they boys were in bed, as it allowed me time to get myself under control.
A little background. In April of 2010, I had to replace our TV because Little Man whacked it with a plastic toy hammer. So, the now broken TV downstairs has only been in this house for 10 months.
When the boys woke up in the morning, we had a family meeting. I was informed by Little Man that he threw a toy, and it hit the TV. So then I informed them of a few things. Firstly, I am NOT buying a new TV at this time. If I do buy a new TV, it will be for my room, for me only. Also, the money to purchase that TV will come from the savings fund for their iPads. As you can imagine, they weren't too happy with this.
I don't know what to do with Little Man these days. I put him in time outs, his room, and take his toys away when he throws them, but it isn't working! I never had this much trouble with the other two, then again, I wasn't doing this on my own when they were this age. I can't really put the blame there, as I was still the main person to hand out punishments, as well as there a lot more than their father. I'm just at a loss as to how to handle Little Man.
Right now I am concentrating on getting my house completely in hand, get all the things out that we don't need (either sell or donate). Move the boys craft stuff downstairs to the new craft area, and get my area organized and ready to go. I'm still positive about how things are going, and know that I am on the right path, it's just these little things that keep coming along and setting me back a bit.
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