There’s always that internal struggle of dealing with anger and resentment because while he’s creating problems, he also doesn’t have a malicious bone in his body. At the same time, he’s the reason we are unable to get breaks.
I know I struggle with this quite a bit. I often catch myself getting upset and I have to snap myself out of it and calmly ask him to stop talking. It’s not always easy to do this because Gavin freaks out over every single mistake he makes and he makes a lot of them. There’s no getting through to him that everyone makes mistakes. I personally make enough mistakes for several people and I always try to point them out.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t help or at least it hasn’t helped much yet.
Last night, Lizze’s parents offered to try with all three of the boys again because they really want to help. If things go better, that might happen more often. For the record, Lizze and I absolutely agree that splitting the boys up is the best approach, as long as Gavin is creating these problems. Truthfully, it’s too hard on them and it’s too hard on the boys. It sucks but it’s the right approach.
Hopefully, things are going well. We haven’t heard anything and that can be a good thing. It may also mean that we’ll hear about it when they get home. Who knows but I’m trying to stay positive.
Lizze and I really didn’t do much last night because she wasn’t feeling well. We were asleep by midnight and awake by 7 AM. Neither one of us could sleep in.
We need to do some running around today, preferably before the kids get home. Everyone needs new bed sheets. We need laundry baskets, mats for the bathroom and a snow shovel. We have a pretty big winter storm coming and our snow shovel was stolen.
Elliott’s birthday is on Monday and he’s turning 13. That’s a big milestone. We want to do something special.
So that’s the tentative plan for today. I’ve no idea how things are going to go but that’s the direction we need them to go in.. ☺