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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday
I used to menu plan religiously, part of being a Flybaby.  I have to start where I am at again with Flying (She says no one ever "falls off the wagon", but I feel like I did).  So one of the things I am trying to do to reclaim this spinning out of control is making a menu.
  • Monday: Hamburgers, Butter-Parmesan Noodles, Peas
  • Tuesday: Baked Chicken, Rice, Green Beans
  • Wednesday (I have a 5:30 meeting): Spaghetti & Meatballs
  • Thursday: Baked Fish, Buttered Noodles, Mixed Veggies
Friday night I have a conference and the boys will be going to their dad's house.

In other news, I am working on the mountain of laundry that was unearthed when Konal took back his room.  It was not a good day in the parent-child relationship.  He pushed and pushed, and I lost my temper and it was ugly.  He tore the arm off of Aidan's stuffed Yoda he got for Christmas.  I hit him with the magazine I had in my hand (I am being public, I am not proud, he was not hurt, but this is our reality). Lots of yelling, then lots of talking while we processed how it got so far.  I try to make sure he realizes I am human and mess up too, and I model how to work through things.  We will survive the teenage years, and I will continue to work on patience with him.  I know he is trying to make it, and my yelling doesn't help anything.  The only thing we can do with these bad parenting moments is own them and continue to work on them.