Sunday, March 17, 2013
So - this week is Spring Break for my oldest 3, but not for my youngest two. Hubby and I were planning on doing some fun things this week to spend some extra time with the older kids while the younger one's were attending their classes.
Then my ex husband asked if we would take in his wife's 3 oldest kids on top of my own 5 for a week so that they could go drive cross country to see his wifes Grandmother before she passed on.
Being the good person I am, I said yes - he dropped them off for us on Friday night. I really didn't know much about his wifes oldest 3 kids. I knew there were a pair of 6 year old girl twins and a boy who is about 10. I guess I just assumed they would be similar to how my own kids of approximately those ages are... I was wrong SO SO SO wrong.
These kids of his wifes are addicted to all things electronic. If it doesn't play a video game on it, then it isn't worth the time of day. I'm pretty sure one of the twin girls is suffering from some sort of depression type issue.... She is hostile, always unhappy, and I figured it was because she missed her Mom but my oldest daughter (who's 13) says she's like this ALL the time, even at home with her Mom.
These first days have been ROUGH - I've been trying to wean these kids off laptops, DS's, and other contraptions that I don't have a clue what they are or how they work.. but I know they BEEP and WHIZZ and WHIRL all the bloody time.
Today was worse yet because the twin girls are now SICK - something neither my ex nor their Mother chose to share with me when dropping them and their brother off on Friday. (My oldest shared with me again that the twins had been sick on and off all this past week before being brought to my family) So now there's throwing up, and fevers, and even worse attitudes and moods. I have bent over backwards to make sure they have meds, caring, healthy food (Yes that's another thing, if it isn't processed within an inch of it's life, they won't eat it) and it's ungrateful city.
All they do is complain - I put together a little St Patty's Day party for them all despite the sickness, to try and brighten everyone up, I painted all the girls nails green, bought them little hair clips with gems on them, made a bloody st pattys day CAKE from scratch... Do they care... NO!
I just want to go into my bathroom, shut the door and not come out until next Sunday when it's all over.
I keep trying my absolute best - I haven't lost my temper with them yet, but I won't lie, it's testing my parenting skills to the breaking point.
ANY suggestions - for things I can do with them, (did park, coloring, playing with the plethora of barbies, arts and crafts, cooking and even going for nature walks) I just want them off these electronics and enjoying what it's like to be a KID!