The kids have been playing too many video games and watching too much crap TV. I have implemented a rule that there will be no video games or TV that are fighting or battling, unless of course it is educational, until 3 PM. I have been too lenient with this rule, so as of yesterday I am sticking to my guns. I am prepared for the whining and complaining because it is good for all of us. Most of the time there seems to be less stress with this rule. Hey, even I get some things done around the house when I follow the rule also.
The morning was a little crazy. The kids were watching some episodes of Wild Kratts and running around crazy. They were wrestling, racing, and playing soccer. Half of the time they get along and the other half they are whining that the other hurt them, um hello, that happens when you are kicking each other for fun. At some point P and D disappear into their bedrooms and leave me with an unusual quiet, until the Furby Boom randomly starts talking.
P and I played a game of chess. Of course he won! I think I was paying more attention to where he was moving and what would happen when he moved different ways to teach him different strategies that I didn't pay enough attention to my own pieces. He kept getting me in jams that I didn't see coming. Then D decided she was going to play against P. That didn't go so well, there was a bit of yelling and whining before D quit and I finished for her. A game of checkers was then played between P and D, same thing happened so we put it all away and ventured outside to play in the fresh snow. There was whining for no reason while getting snow clothes on so that was a sign of what was to come. Mostly everyone had fun playing in the snow. What brought the kids in early was the whining about each other for no reason and the not following directions. The dog didn't help the matter any by running over the kids and stealing their snow. When we came in both of the kids sat in their rooms thinking about why they got in trouble outside. At least it gave them some time to chill out from everything.
While the kids had some hot chocolate and some food, I read chapters 7 and 8 of Mr Popper's Penguins. For some learning activities both of the kids worked on addition and subtraction Wrap-Ups. P worked on +1 and -2. D worked on +1 and -1 for what comes after and what comes before. P and I did a shared reading of Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Batman and His Friends.
For the rest of the day there was a good mix of iPad games, Wii U games, Wild Kratt and Ultimate Spider-Man shows, and playing on their own. Some of the iPad games P played were Wild Kratts Math, Pixel Guns, Survivalcraft, and Sonic Dash. While P was playing his iPad mini D was playing on her rolling fire truck and rolling on the floor with her Hello Kitty doll. Usually during the day the kids watch TV shows together. The Wii U games the kids played today were Transformers Prime, Mario 3D World, and Mario Party 9. The kids did get along a little better today during the video games. Although P does have a habit of telling his sister what to do and blaming her for things that happen. He also can't seem to remember that she doesn't have his experience or skill at video games. Other times he talks sweet to her and lifts her spirits! Last week at the grocery store they were getting along so well some guy walking buy us commented on how well they get along and seem to like each other! I should have mentioned because they are homeschooled and they have to deal with each other all the time, hehe.
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