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Questions I'm Tired of Answering (2)

Written by Joline Atkins. Posted in Carpool Lane

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images_40Confession.

I'm not the best house-cleaner. I don't have a schedule for attacking the cleanliness of my house (although I have made attempts to create a system for this.) The bathroom (we only have one) IS scrubbed regularly. As is the kitchen. But the floors, baseboards, and walls? Nah.

Under the furniture?

I don't even wanna know.

But for what I lack in scrubbing, I make up for in organization. 

Everthing has its place in our home. And if if doesn't, I'll create a space for it.

And that is precisely why I'm at my wits end as we enter the second-half of the summer.

If I hear these statements, questions, and responses even one more time, I think my primal scream is gonna make an appearance.

"Mom, I can't find my shoes!"

"My iPod, where is my iPod?"

"Where are my goggles?"

The shoes? Not my problem, we have an entire shoe museum immedately as you walk in our home. A basket and a shelf stand ready to welcome them.

The iPod? Even less of my problem.

The goggles? They should be in the swim-bag, WHERE THEY BELONG!

Makes me wonder if I should create a "lost and found" box for the house . . . just plop any misplaced items in the box, when I stumble upon them, rather than putting them away myself. (I'm stubborn like that.)

There is one more continual thread that is irking me to the core. It's the "umph!" or the "awwww!" when I REMIND my children of their chores for the day:

"Unload the dishwasher, please."

"Umph!"

"Put your clean clothes away, please."

"Awwwww!"

Sometimes, admittedly, Moms just wanna yell, "Would you just shut-up!"

It's true.

Even for me.

Since I am tired of hearing the sound of my own voice, we spent some time at a craft store picking up supplies to make "First Things First" boards. The kids decorated and listed the items that Mom most often repeats DAILY. They posted the boards in their rooms. 

Will it fix the issue?

Most likely not.

Did it provide a few hours of respite from the conversations mentioned above, and provide a glimmer of hope that I will no longer have to hear those phrases utter from my mouth?

Sure.

Now, if they can only find where they put their boards after creating them . . . 

 


pittsburgh_momJoline Pinto Atkins is an actress who also uses the web as her world-wide stage and can also be found writing at The Cuppa Jo, and is the founder and a contributor at Daily Fast Fuel. Joline is wife to one (phew - that's good to know) and mother of two amazing children, aged 11 and 7, who are both named after authors. Addicted to fitness, she is an Independent Team Beachbody Coach and sweats out any daily angst by exercising and P90X'ing, and longs for good books, vats of coffee, and an endless supply of buffalo wings - which she will not share with you. So, please, do not ask.

 

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Puppies

Written by Joline Atkins. Posted in Carpool Lane

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photoThey thought we were crazy.

Getting two puppies on the last day of school.

The "they" meaning those that told us outright, to our faces, that we were nuts. And those who chatted in the privacy of their own homes as to the utter lunacy of us taking on two new puppies.

For the record. We are all alive.

Puppies included.

For someone who never liked dogs until our beloved Scout, I can understand the confusion over our new doubly-fun canine adventure.

So, how's it going?

With the addition of Neville and his younger sister, Sookie, did I suddenly become the mother of 2 more children?

Nope.

To be completely honest, there have been a few times when I've felt like the only eyes and ears to their antics: I've lost a favorite pair of running socks, the corners of many of my baskets are chewed, we've had to remove the legs from our couch until they are too big to burrow themselves underneath, forcing us to lift the couches whenever we need to get them out. We've lost a few magazines, and there have been countless piddles on our carpet (which we hate anyway and plan on ripping up at some point.)

But am I in this alone?

Absolutely not.

The kids are committed to walking the pups, taking them out to the pen when it's time to go, cleaning up after them (both inside the house, and out), feeding them, crating them, disciplining them, loving on them.

Soon, they will be joining me at obedience classes for our little furry toddlers.

I can honestly say this has been a family affair.

No, not completely smooth sailing - but, why would I expect it to be? And outweighing the bite marks in my flip-flops is the reward of witnessing my children embrace their new pets and take ownership and care of them.

Do you have pets? Are your children engaged and involved in caring for your family pets?

 


pittsburgh_momJoline Pinto Atkins is an actress who also uses the web as her world-wide stage and can also be found writing at The Cuppa JoWorkingmother.com, and is the founder and a contributor at Daily Fast Fuel. Joline is wife to one (phew - that's good to know) and mother of two amazing children, aged 11 and 7, who are both named after authors. Addicted to fitness, she is an Independent Team Beachbody Coachand sweats out any daily angst by exercising and P90X'ing, and longs for good books, vats of coffee, and an endless supply of buffalo wings - which she will not share with you. So, please, do not ask.

 

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Puppies (2)

Written by Joline Atkins. Posted in Carpool Lane

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photoThey thought we were crazy.

Getting two puppies on the last day of school.

The "they" meaning those that told us outright, to our faces, that we were nuts. And those who chatted in the privacy of their own homes as to the utter lunacy of us taking on two new puppies.

For the record. We are all alive.

Puppies included.

For someone who never liked dogs until our beloved Scout, I can understand the confusion over our new doubly-fun canine adventure.

So, how's it going?

With the addition of Neville and his younger sister, Sookie, did I suddenly become the mother of 2 more children?

Nope.

To be completely honest, there have been a few times when I've felt like the only eyes and ears to their antics: I've lost a favorite pair of running socks, the corners of many of my baskets are chewed, we've had to remove the legs from our couch until they are too big to burrow themselves underneath, forcing us to lift the couches whenever we need to get them out. We've lost a few magazines, and there have been countless piddles on our carpet (which we hate anyway and plan on ripping up at some point.)

But am I in this alone?

Absolutely not.

The kids are committed to walking the pups, taking them out to the pen when it's time to go, cleaning up after them (both inside the house, and out), feeding them, crating them, disciplining them, loving on them.

Soon, they will be joining me at obedience classes for our little furry toddlers.

I can honestly say this has been a family affair.

No, not completely smooth sailing - but, why would I expect it to be? And outweighing the bite marks in my flip-flops is the reward of witnessing my children embrace their new pets and take ownership and care of them.

Do you have pets? Are your children engaged and involved in caring for your family pets?

 


pittsburgh_momJoline Pinto Atkins is an actress who also uses the web as her world-wide stage and can also be found writing at The Cuppa JoWorkingmother.com, and is the founder and a contributor at Daily Fast Fuel. Joline is wife to one (phew - that's good to know) and mother of two amazing children, aged 11 and 7, who are both named after authors. Addicted to fitness, she is an Independent Team Beachbody Coach and sweats out any daily angst by exercising and P90X'ing, and longs for good books, vats of coffee, and an endless supply of buffalo wings - which she will not share with you. So, please, do not ask.

 

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Summer Reading: Drop and give me 15

Written by Joline Atkins. Posted in Carpool Lane

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images_1My kids get summer homework.

It's true. Much to their dismay.

As a work-from-home parent, I have to put in office hours. Daily. No work. No paycheck. It's kind of how it works.

The morning is best for this, that way we can hit the pool in the afternoon once all the summer camps/daycares have vacated for the day.

Thus, in the morning, while I work - they work.

Zane has a Bridge Book in which he needs to do 1-2 pages each day. Plus a minimum of 15 minutes of reading.

Harper also has 15 minutes of reading, and will have some math tutoring/math worksheets.

Thing is, with the 15 minute expectation, I'm almost assured that they will read for longer. And that warms my heart.

Do they love it? No.

Do they hate it? No.

They simply do it. They also pick up the dog poop, unload the dishwasher, do their laundry (well, Harper), and clean their rooms. (Hmmm, kind of like during the rest of the year.)

It's just all part of how we roll.

Even during the summer.

Do your kids get homework over the summer months?

(Sometimes, I wish we had school year-round. Like those schools that take 3 week breaks in between quarters, but run all year. I just think our kids would have better retention skills with that format rather than getting almost 3 months of a break all at once.)

Haha! Do you hate that idea?

 

 

 

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Summer Reading: Drop and give me 15 (2)

Written by Joline Atkins. Posted in Carpool Lane

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images_1My kids get summer homework.

It's true. Much to their dismay.

As a work-from-home parent, I have to put in office hours. Daily. No work. No paycheck. It's kind of how it works.

The morning is best for this, that way we can hit the pool in the afternoon once all the summer camps/daycares have vacated for the day.

Thus, in the morning, while I work - they work.

Zane has a Bridge Book in which he needs to do 1-2 pages each day. Plus a minimum of 15 minutes of reading.

Harper also has 15 minutes of reading, and will have some math tutoring/math worksheets.

Thing is, with the 15 minute expectation, I'm almost assured that they will read for longer. And that warms my heart.

Do they love it? No.

Do they hate it? No.

They simply do it. They also pick up the dog poop, unload the dishwasher, do their laundry (well, Harper), and clean their rooms. (Hmmm, kind of like during the rest of the year.)

It's just all part of how we roll.

Even during the summer.

Do your kids get homework over the summer months?

(Sometimes, I wish we had school year-round. Like those schools that take 3 week breaks in between quarters, but run all year. I just think our kids would have better retention skills with that format rather than getting almost 3 months of a break all at once.)

Haha! Do you hate that idea?

 

 

 

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