I believe that when times are tough you always need to find a way to enjoy the little things in life – find a silver lining.
As parents, we are supposed to ensure strict bed times, structure the day for the kids and find ways to have constant stimulation for them (or your walls end up with marker on them because the paper wasn’t big enough).
While we were off, I decided I want my kids to look back at this time as “a time that mom and dad let us do whatever we wanted and we had so much fun” – that means bedtime got pushed to midnight, or later…breakfast was literally whatever they wanted. Pajamas and daytime clothes looked oddly similar (I think they got changed?) Forts could be made anywhere from the living room to the bedroom closet. Instead of the normal “do this, don’t do that, eat this, it’s bedtime, don’t make me count to 3…etc”. It will be a time my kids will remember as the best 6 weeks we could have planned.
Oh – and I baked, cooked, and did some stuff around the house I wouldn’t normally do. That means at 10pm when the kids “should” have been in bed, I taught them how to bake a French vanilla cake – can you guess what we had for breakfast the next morning?
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I accidentally discovered [by including my wallet when washing my jeans!] that Canadian money can be safely washed. Not so greenbacks, receipts, cheques, insurance slips etc.
Something to think about when everyone wants debit or credit. I’d rather have Uncle Sam’s dollars as they’re worth 30% more than loonies presently, but NOT washable.