Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mom time

Something great happened tonight. I rewarded Dominic for cleaning (vacuum upstairs and downstairs and empty the dishwasher) with being able to stay up an extra 45 minute with ME doing whatever he wanted (since everyone else goes to bed). I had the reward of video games on the tip of my tongue but I just couldn't say it. We had SO MUCH FUN. After FHE, Sean and Penny went upstairs and Dominic and I played with Michael until he got tired. I fed Michael a bottle while Dominic looked at toys on amazon.com. Then I put Michael in his crib and Dominic and I decided to do our personal scripture study (something that neither one of us have been very good at doing everyday). He decided to memorize the 5th article of faith and I helped him by putting the first letter of each word on the chalkboard. He learned it in a matter of 5 minutes or so. Then we tackled some stuff from his scout book. We talked about things.......we had fun, laughed, cried (not like last time) and made funny faces at each other. This is what mom's are supposed to do........where have I been?? How have we been missing this?? No more rewarding...this is just gonna happen but shhhhhhhhhhhh, lets continue to let him think he has to work for it.

He left Dad a note on his computer for him to see in the morning (see, he felt good too. It made him want to do an act of service). It said, "LOVE you so Much. Have a good day!"

There's my boy.

Our FHE was this video and then I made a chart consisting of 4 handcarts on one paper and then used a sheet of labels to make a bunch of stickers of things we do during the day to fill our cart. I made a weeks worth, one sheet per day for our family. Each day we can re-assess and empty things form our cart and not put them back in for the following day. The kids really enjoyed filling up their carts.


Jenny said...

What a great night! Something that my parents did, and that we have done since the kids were little is each week you have "your night". On "your night" you get to stay up 30-45 minutes later than the other kids and do something with just mom and dad. It is always something our kids have looked forward to and something that we as parents look forward to also!
Thanks for sharing Katie!

Sorry I have been slow at commenting the last few months. Still reading all the great posts though!

momhirt said...

one-on-one time is awesome. good parenting!

Nikki said...

That is sooo sweet. I don't think Eli is quite there yet since he's MORE than ready for bed by bed time, but once he can handle no naps without falling apart at the end of the day maybe we'll adopt this! I'm not seeing the video on the FHE activity. It sounds really good!! I love the cart idea!

Katie said...

click on the words THIS VIDEO . Let me know if that still doesn't work.