|bbq for carnival|
|his lego art continues to get more complex in design|
So since the class is at a library, I've been perusing the isles during break time. Found a book on simplifying your life with kids. The book is from the 90's. It's not exactly AP or crunchy. But I like the size of it, only about 5" tall, and also like the chapters broken into bite size pieces. So I can pick it up and always manage to get through at least one chapter before falling asleep or getting called to attend to something. Nothing groundbreaking, but I am finding the little tidbits and helpful suggestions worth trying. Like the latest one: do one thing at a time and you'll be amazed how much more you get done.
Sometimes at work I realize that I've got 7-10 different programs open at the same time, and it takes me a few minutes to remember what I was doing and cycle through them an find the window I need. At home, I might be dialed into a meeting, making and packing a lunch, and helping Nene go potty while finding Kaio's shoes and helping him get dressed to go out. Take too long on one task, and Nene gets bored, gets off the toilet, Kaio runs off and ends up with even less clothes on, burn the food, and miss something important being said in the meeting.
If I manage to make it all work, I don't feel fulfilled, I actually feel pretty spent. If I drop the ball, well that's devastating. So my goal this month is to try simplifying life a bit by focusing on one thing at a time.
Or at least no more than 3 at a time.
So Wednesday I waited until my meetings was over, then got the lunch packed before I started telling the kids to get ready. Then I helped one kid at a time. When I put Nene on the potty, I stayed in the bathroom with her instead of running off to get myself dressed. After they were dressed, I handed them their socks and shoes and asked them if they could put them on while I got dressed. Amazingly, when I came back, they were ready.
|ravenous for quail|
So I doubt that we were out the door any faster, but it sure felt kinder to my brain and energy.