For those of you who are recovering from a long weekend, I suspect there were times the thought behind this poster rang a bell and for some, getting back to work outside the home seems a blessing.
Hope the laugh helped. For more laughs I suggest you follow Jay Solomon, the originator of the poster, or at least his blog is where I found it. He has a South Park sense of humor, so if that is not your thing, you are going to miss some good laughs and something to think about. As my mother would say, “To Each Their Own.”
Tip one: Instead of locking the kids up, I locked myself in the bathroom. Had to turn the radio up loud to dull the protests; headphones helped.
One dear friend had children who had afternoon colic spells that nothing calmed. Finally, she learned to put him safely in his crib, and take to her garden with a book and a Walkman. Of course she kept the window open to his room and occasionally lifted her earphones to assure herself by his crying he was still alive. When the crying stopped she would return to the house peek in on him — he would be napping. Then she would take her nap and both would wake refreshed.
Tip two: If your kids are aging out of naps, start a daily quiet time. The command: “To your room, to rest, read, play quietly. Do not emerge (unless the fire alarm rings, you are bleeding, or your sibling (if you share a room) has been knocked unconscious) until a parent opens your door.”
Tip Three: Not too late to start something similar with pre-teens and teens. Just say, “My quiet time, you know the house rules, obey them. You know my quiet time rules – disturb me on the pain of death unless death is threatening you or another.”
Tip four: Quiet time is best used as me-time for parents. If you must work at something, make it something you will enjoy, otherwise indulge in a do nothing or do only for me respite. I nap, read, or do puzzles.
Love Jay’s poster, but parenting isn’t easy. Nor is finding the me-time that keeps you safe. Making the effort matters and makes you able to soldier on through the difficult times without doing major damage to you or others.
I hope you took advantage of my free eBook Twelve Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises to Tame Mad, Bad, and Sad feelings this weekend; if so and if you found it helpful, spread the word about it and my other books. See the side bar. All can be read on a Kindle or a computer using Amazon’s free reading apps.
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For all you do, thank you to help me and others, thank you.
The first: Although built upon evidenced based practices, there is no guarantee my advice is the right advice for you and your family. Experiment, try my tips; if they are not useful to you try another parent adviser. You are the expert on you and your child; the rest of us experts on many different things.
The second: I have dysgraphia, a learning disability that peppers my writing with mis-spelling and punctuation errors. All my books are professionally edited. Not so my blog posts. Although I use all the grammar and spelling checks, mistakes slip by. If they bother you, seek another source of support for life’s less savory moments. Life is too short to let problems you can avoid annoy or stress you.