Which is why I am going to the mattresses. I am breaking out my old copy of Love and Logic. This is for me a tried and true technique to get my kids back on track with whatever - homework, sassy mouths, basic listening, cleaning their rooms, eating - while keeping my sanity. My favorite technique suggested by L&L is to say "I love you too much to argue" in response to EVERYTHING. It keeps me from engaging in arguments with them (or rationalizing with the irrational as I like to think of it.) Try it yourself. It works on ANYBODY. That little phrase takes the ummph right out of the other person's argument. They have nowhere to go. And you come away the nice one...because you threw love into the mix.
On another note, this week I used the phrase "that's a young person's sport". I was referring to skiing and snowboarding. I am a Southern girl and skiing was never something I did frequently. Maybe twice in my life I have skied. The risk of injury for me now is too great. And even the risk of just being really sore is too great for me now.
And speaking of being sore, I have a pulled muscle. As a runner, that can happen from time to time. But this is not a running injury. In fact, I am not sure how I pulled this muscle. It's in an odd place for muscle pulling...it's in my face. Yes, I have somehow pulled a very tiny muscle that sits right along the lower edge of the cheek bone.
But I think something else happened. Like maybe when I was holding the long note in Sister Christian ("motoriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin!") at a red light earlier this week. Maybe I got a bit carried away. Hey,there is no law against reliving the '80's while driving. Yet. And that definitely is not a young person's sport.
This post is linked up with Mrs. 4444s Friday Fragments.