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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!
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    I am getting ready for my Thanksgiving break!
    880 days ago
  • JOYFUL78
    wow, you are BEYOND sainthood... wow!

    you are an angel in heaven with ALL that you do... lawrd YOU need a vacation,

    Do something nice for YOU for a change..... its okay to do you now....

    1842 days ago
    Wow, you are a saint! If he's a good parent then he owes you one...that's something to look forward to in the future. :)
    1859 days ago
    OMG you sure do have a good heart. I pray your time with them goes by fast. emoticon emoticon
    1859 days ago
    We play WoW too Woobie, : ) it's not that we don't like electronics but that's ALL they do honestly - it's hard to even get them off the DS's etc to eat.
    1860 days ago
    Here's a thought take them to the park and go get a facial!!!!

    Only kidding you are a our household hubby,son and daughter are electronic NERDS so I'm mostly on the outer.

    I really feel for you but you sound like a great lady... hold on sunday is coming. Electronics can be interesting as Woubbie says.

    Country Living Team

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    1860 days ago
    You're gonna hate me, but what about showing interest in their electronics? Ask them about what kinds of games they play. Are there story lines to the games? What are the characters like? Are they hard to play - do they use a lot of strategy?

    It's not always advisable to try imposing your family's standards on them; sometimes their lines of communication are electronic. Just a thought!

    (Just as info, Woubbie is the name of my World of Warcraft avatar. LOL!)
    1860 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/18/2013 12:27:35 AM
    enjoy tour day
    1860 days ago
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