Dh works tomorrow so, we celebrated father's day today. dd and i made him breakfast in bed and two out of three made cards. Now they are watching the Goonies as I make dinner.
Here's why I feel I am failing them. I told ods (11) to go out and cut the grass (back yard only for Father's day). I showed him one pass through and left him to his own. He came in, no lie 10 times saying he is "done". I made him go back out and keep finishing. Cut the lines he missed. If he would have just listened to me and really watched the first, instead of zig- zagging and going in any direction, it could have been done sooner. Geesh you'd think I was asking him to cut to whole neighborhood.
Mds(8) did the dishes with the help of dd (7). I showed them for the gazillion time how to proper wash the dishes and then put them in the dish washer.
I am such a broken record. Constantly showing them how to do it.
Don't get me started on how to properly clean up the bedrooms....
So, today all the electronics are gone. no cell phone, kindle and xbox. All of them got put up and stored. They will not be getting them back all summer (or longer).
Until they start learning to play together, use their imaginations, read a book, play with actual toys, go outside and learn to speak nicely to each other, and for the LOVE OF GOD stop telling me they are bored, they will not get these things back.
I feel like they can't figure anything out for themselves unless I'm over their shoulder showing them step by step how to do it. They have no common sense or problem solving skills. It is driving me bonkers.