We had a couple kids in various stages of melt-down over here last evening.
One kid went straight from school to soccer tryouts, had to watch the clock at tryouts and change in time to get to work, and while at work she missed a phone call that she's been waiting for and now has to figure out when to take her turn at phone tag.
She didn't get home last night until about 9:30 and today will be a repeat of yesterday - but she'll have time to come home and change real quick before work and she'll be getting home a little later tonight than she did last night. That was melt-down number one.
The next kid missed school on Monday due to strep throat, which followed having last Thursday and Friday off of school due to a district-wide closing due to wind damage and power/internet outages. This straight A kid came home with a huge pile of homework and was told very nicely by his mother that he could make up his own mind about whether karate would be doable with his illness recovery process and work load.
He chose to go to karate. His melt-down was taking place at about 9:00 at the kitchen table when he got to the homework question that could only be answered by having watched the video that took place in class on Monday - the day he was absent.
And then there was the youngest. Our youngest is probably the most prone to melt-downs and has a tendency to self-punish [sends himself to his room regularly and takes away his own bedtime snacks] and over exaggerate situations. He's a work in progress, this youngest of ours. He was NOT having a melt-down last night.
I'm not sure what I did to deserve the above menu, but with Mark - it could be that he was noticing the stress that his siblings were giving and his nature would be to calm the situation. It might also have something to do with his teacher mentioning that they should work on preparing their own food. He told this to Mark, who cooked up sausage for the family on his own Saturday morning. To Mark, who can make every one of those things on his menu, from BLT's (his favorite) to eggs, french toast, smoothies and puuroa.
So Mark took the lesson to the next level.
Mark: Mom - I'd like to make you breakfast on Saturday, so if I make you a menu will you pick out what you'd like?
Me, teasing: You mean, should I pick them out now so that I can go shopping for the ingredients for my breakfast before Saturday?
Mark: No - I'm going to make the menu based on ingredients we have right now.
One day I'll learn not to underestimate this kid.
For breakfast Saturday I'll be having hot lemon water, puuroa (the Finnish word for hot cereal/oatmeal) and a bowl of mixed fruit.
It'll be ready at 9:30, when I get home from my morning workout.
Saturday is going to be awesome.