Friday again, so soon? Thankfully! This week hasn't been a breeze. There were temper tantrums, lots of work and the man cold. So really, need I say more?
But, there was some fun and it started on Friday night for Brookelyn. Celebrating a friends birthday and her first middle school dance. Let me say that again, middle school dance. How did my girl get so big, so quickly? We didn't make a big deal of the dance really, after all, it's middle school. She chose to wear jeans, a tank top and a cardigan- all of which she asked me to pick out, I must add. Such pretty girls, inside and out. Brookelyn is lucky to have a great group of friends.
The beginning of the man cold. First, it was Cohen, so Matt stayed home with him while Brookelyn and I went to her volleyball games. Getting us girls out of the house means pulling the Wii out of closet upstairs, a rare occasion in our home, a special treat. The next morning Matt was in full man cold mode, although I do have to say the whining was kept to minimum and he was feverish, so I know he must have felt like crap. All are healthy now, thank goodness.
In between everything else, I managed to find some time to make the kids some fall treats. Gooey-goodness. I can't wait to share my Grandma's recipe on the blog with you!
Last spring I posted some about our struggles with Cohen's behavior. He's so sweet & loving, except when he's not. And when he's not, he's really not. Summer was kind to us and we're back to the naughty behavior again. There's not a doubt in my mind that anxiety comes into play (because- he's my kid), but I've also been reading anything I can get my hands on lately. Anything that can offer me some insight as to what is going on in his little head and how we can help him best to channel his energy into good behavior. I read an article the other day and this is an excerpt from it that hit me pretty hard. "Strong-willed children often seem to be simmering" brought me to tears. The thought of Cohen being on the verge of a fight at every moment makes complete sense and breaks my heart, all at the same time. Do you have a strong-willed child? How do you help them to behave?
After a really rough Wednesday, Thursday afternoon alone time with Cohen was on the books. He was on a fun pumpkin patch/farm field trip all day with his class and told me all about it over hot cocoa and a brownie from our local coffee place. One on one time with mom seemed to help him a bit and Thursday evening went beautifully. I just want him to smile like that, always. Not be be gearing up for a fight, or angry at the world. I so treasure those special times my kids.
Here's to a great week next week, to less fighting and more loving & good behavior.
How was your week? What are your weekend plans?
Linking up with Jeannett at Life Rearranged.