It is possible I have discovered the trick to keeping little boys in line: Run them ragged! The last two days, I have taken the boys to the park and let them run for hours, and then today, to a friends house where they wrestled and ran and climbed and ran some more for, literally 5 hours. The two other mom’s and I made doughnuts from scratch while our 6 boys tore the yard apart.
(Do you know that doughnuts eaten while standing at a kitchen counter have no calories? It’s true, my friend told me so.)
And do you know what? There have been little or no behavior problems in our house. Today when we got home, poor little Eric could barely pick up his feet to walk in the house, and Jeff has been complaining that his legs hurt. Hooray! Eric is in bed, sound asleep already, and I’m listening on the baby monitor to the DH brush Jeffrey’s teeth and put his jammies on right now. No griping, no mouthing off, just mellow, tired and compliant kids…
Oh, happy, happy day! I think I can do this, I really do.