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Sunday, June 22, 2008

It's gonna be a long summer

We're at the first weekend of our school vacation and I'm ready to get in the car and drive away. Far far away.

Let's see now, we've got one kid grounded for stealing money out of my wallet and one kid that thinks that this is a place to stop and occasionally sleep, but otherwise isn't relevant to her life. I feel like we're ships passing in the night.

Years ago I saw an article about how important it is to have a family dinner every night and I was like "So why is this news? We always have dinner as a family. Doesn't everyone?" As usual, I have had to eat my words recently. I can't even think of the last time we've sat down as a family and eaten the same meal together. It's been weeks and weeks, though. The Boy is continually hungry and starts his first dinner around 5, then a second one and then a third or fourth, but none of them coincide with what I'm making or when I'm eating. The Girl eats nothing that I make and exists on plain pasta with cheese. She eats that pretty much every night.

The only meal that I make that I know they will both eat is pizza. Not exactly you're healthiest meal, although I've tried to up the ante with whole wheat crust and fresh veggies on top. But I admit that it's worrisome that we don't eat together any more. Plus, the kitchen is in a constant state of crisis.

Then there's the "oh I made plans" stuff. My children both make plans without talking to me first. It drives me batty. But I can't really restrict them from being with their friends over the summer except when they're grounded. They need to have something to do. I can't entertain them much anymore. I just spend my time with them either driving them nuts with chores they refuse to do, or with nagging. At least that's how they see it.

It will improve. We've only just started on this journey through summer, and there will be things to do and places to go. We'll get through it and we'll be fine. We're an amazingly strong little family, despite all of our quirks. There's a lot of love here in this house. There's also a lot of work to be done over the summer, and we'll do it together, one complaint at a time.

In the meantime, keep us in your thoughts. Because it's possible that we might kill each other before the summer ends.

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Blogger Fox In Detox said...

Boy does this bring back memories. I once got some advice from a woman who had 3 girls all in their 20's. She said "Teens need to be ruled with an iron fist and a down heart". It took me a while to figure out that what she meant was, make the rules and be unyielding with the "life or death" ones...the rest will survive some bending.

23/6/08 8:09 AM  

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