Want to Do (WtD): Either be playful about it (she loves it when I pretend to eat her food, then give it to her), or just let it go (she did, after all, stuff herself with whole-wheat pasta and pesto, then some raisins)
D: When Riley threw a dripping-wet washcloth overboard during bathtime, petulently threw it back in the tub with a sharp, "Riley! No! That was NOT NICE."
WtD: Calmly give washcloth back and remind the Man that washcloths are not for throwing; take cloth away if it happens again.
D: Harped incessantly on both kids to get them to drink their milk while we got ready for bed.
WtD: Let it go, already. If they need it, they will drink it.
D: Harped incessantly on both kids during clean-up time, saying things like, "Riley, you are not being very helpful. Maddie, I need you to CLEAN UP RIGHT NOW."
WtD: Give the kids tasks. When they are tired and unmotivated, tasks really help. "Riley, please put this car away. Maddie, where does this baby go?" Less focus on the not helping and more focus on how they can help/praise when they do.
D: Became exasperated when Riley asked for yet another hug before bed; gave it to him with a huffy, "Fine. Here's another hug."
WtD: Give the kid a warm response, already! Enjoy the fact that he's begging for hugs—it won't last forever.
D: When Maddie cried for her Binky just after I'd finally managed to fall asleep, stormed into her room and gave it to her with an exasperated, "Maddie! You need to open your eyes and find your own Binky. Mama was SLEEPING."
WtD: (1) Let her cry it out and find her own Binky (she has no fewer than three right next to her), or (2) Give it to her in a calm and gentle way.
D: Became irritated when kids wanted to take snack cups of cereal to school.
WtD: Who cares if they take cups of cereal to school? What stick was up my ass this morning?
D: Ordered cream soup at lunch.
WtD: Order something lighter. Cream soup is good, but man, I feel like I have a belly full of lead.
Maddie, Riley, and I are meeting up with some friends tonight at a local Mexican place for mariachi night. Woo-woo! I'm thinking there might be a margarita in my future . . .