Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Checking in- and a request for advice

I have so much to post but I am tired so I thought I would just do a quick check in. We have been so busy here. In the last 2 days I have made 6 loaves of banana nut bread for freezing with overripe bananas that I picked up for 50cents a pound at Safeway, 6 jars of blueberry jam, and 3 large jars of blueberry pie filling. I still have plans to can blueberry pear butter tomorrow, and both blueberry chutney, and blueberry marmalade. I am still out there picking everyday I can, and honestly my legs are sore from hiking all over the tundra, but I know it will be worth it in the end. While out there, I have been checking on the cranberries, and they still need a few weeks to ripen.

A had a rough day today with listening and obedience. I lover her free spirit, but many days she just tests me. We worked on it all day, and still struggled. I am hoping tomorrow is a better day. She has her first homeschool swim lesson of the year tomorrow afternoon and I know she is looking forward to it. If anyone has any advice on quelling arguing and not listening, and plain disobeying because she doesn't like what was asked, please help. We have talked, time outs, read scripture and stories from the bible, and still she for the moment gets it or plays lip service to it, and the 5 minutes later it's a complete repeat. So tonight I am tired and I am off to bed, with the prayer that God will open her heart to obedience tonight as she sleeps, and grant me the patience I need to lead her.

Good night all. Hopefully tomorrow I can find the chance to share the wonderful photos of what we have been up to.

4 comments:

MommyWise said...

I hope today was better for you. I have no advice. Lately I've had similar problems as you as well as quite a few problems with Aidan on being grateful and on having an "I can do" attitude. I suppose all we can do is be consistent with discipline and encouragement and pray that one day they "get it"

MommyWise said...

Feel free to email me!

Gill - That British Woman said...

I hope you have a better day...

Gill in Canada

Anonymous said...

I offer advice as a grandmother who has raised two good people. Reasoning seldom works with a child that age. Consequences work. I always told my kids that it was my job to raise them to be responsible adults whether they liked it or not. You do not holler but you let them know with the tone of your voice that you mean business. You do not argue with them. You tell them what to do and why it is important. End of conversation. And sometimes the only reason is because I said so. I gave time out - just sitting on a chair. I took away privleges. But it needs to happen right then. You know your child and what will be effective. Once they find out disobedience will be unpleasant, things should get better.