Thursday, August 7, 2008
What have you done to take care of yourself this week? Tomorrow I am going to talk about the verbal issues with our children. For today I feel a need to lift you and myself up. So....taking care of emotionally demanding children requires that we take care of ourselves. There is a reason I push this. I have seen the difference repeatedly in myself when I consistently do this and when I don't. Just a few days of not getting a break and I become overwhelmed. Saturday we are going to Spaghetti works and then to a movie. Afterwards hubby will bring the kids home and I will go on to Omaha to spend the night with a good friend. She and her husband were church friends of ours when we lived in Omaha and we have never lost contact. I'm excited to see her and excited to have a night away! We will probably just go out for dinner and then spend the evening talking. We'll go to church Sunday morning go out for lunch and then I will head back. Tuesday night the group that was in my Theories class at graduate school is meeting for dinner. It is easy to think that it is too hard to arrange, the kids will act out when I get back, they will see what they can get by with while I am gone and then brag when I get back. I don't care! I'm going. When I get back and they start bragging I just say nonchalantly "That is fine. Dad was in charge and I don't care." sometimes I say "I missed you and I am glad to see you." and refuse to discuss whatever infraction they insist on sharing. OR they tattle "Taz did this and this and this and this while you were gone." Too which I answer "dad was in charge while I was gone. I'm not handling it." If they say dad didn't do anything I just say that it was his choice. School starts here on the 15th. I have a massage schedule for the following Tuesday. Take care of yourself. Your children and your husband need for you to be strong and whole. Spend time taking care of your spiritual, physical and emotional needs so you are strong enough to take care of your families. Excuse me, I have to go work out.