golden rules for living.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

You know how some days are just great and productive and you're totally #winning at life?  And then other days... not so much.  Baby R didn't sleep great last night and decided she wanted to be up for the day at 6:30.  I tried to prolong the inevitable but to no avail.  So I didn't get to do my workout this morning.  (Also, in other news, I'm going for a total lifestyle change - wake up early, work out and shower before the kids get up. So far, it hasn't gone to plan, but I'll let you know if I make any progress on this front.)  Then, she decided to cry from 11:45 - 1 because she was so tired she couldn't stand it and didn't want to give in.  She wasn't hungry, her diaper was dry, I checked her for any strings cutting off her circulation - nothing.  She wouldn't even comfort nurse!  I finally got her settled a little bit and we got in the car and went off to Dunkin Donuts because Mama needed an iced latte and Baby needed a nap (and a car ride usually does the trick).

Lucky for me, the day turned around and she stayed asleep when we got home and I was able to work out (hallelujah!) and take a shower (double hallelujah!).  I wouldn't have bothered with the shower except S2 had t-ball practice tonight and I don't know those people well enough to show up un-showered yet.

Also, the blog post I was planning for today has been more difficult to put together than I thought so I'm rescheduling it for next week.

ANYWAY.  I totally didn't mean for this post to start out as a diary entry.  Ha.

I came across the "Golden Rules for Living" several years ago (pre-kids) and recently discovered them again.  Now, through the lens of motherhood, I think they are more relevant than ever and we really strive to instill these simple things in S2.  

If you open it, shut it.

I've been in people's homes where shutting cabinet doors after you open them just isn't a thing and thus all the cabinet doors are open all the time.  My brain can't comprehend this.

If you turn it on, turn it off.

This goes for lights, water and toys.

If you unlock it, lock it back.

I mean, obviously.

If you break it, admit it.

It's important to teach your children integrity and truthfulness.  Telling fibs or flat out lies has never been a part of my life and I expect the same of my girls.  We expect S2 to tell the truth and face the consequences (if there are any) of her actions.

If you borrow it, return it.

Back to integrity again.  But this one also encompasses trustworthiness.  Do what you say you're going to do, when you're going to do it.

If you value it, take care of it.

Growing up, we didn't have a lot of extra money.  So if I ripped a hole in my jeans or trashed my markers, or tore up my books, then I didn't get a replacement (also: I didn't expect one), so I took care of my things and I expect S2 to do the same.

If you make a mess, clean it up.

I am not the maid here.

If you move it, put it back.

Or better yet, for the love of all that is holy, just don't move it.

These are such simple "rules" to live by!  I've made a pin if you want to remember these later:

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